Every company in nearly every industry lives and dies by the leadership and visionary thinking within their organization. Firms that possess true leaders who execute on daily tasks while motivating other employees are the companies that consistently innovate and win in the end.
Visionary thinkers are unique and, due to their rarity, employers go above and beyond to ensure that these individuals have a happy, fulfilling and lucrative tenure as workers. Among other ways, companies do this by showering them with monetary rewards and frequent promotions.
The Correlation Between Success and Leadership
In all actuality, the success of your career will heavily depend upon your ability to motivate and lead others. Though, to become a leader, we must know what embodies a great motivator and determine where we need to change.
With that being said, here are some traits and beliefs that comprise today’s most visionary thinkers and corporate leaders:
1. Leaders tackle problems before they happen – leaders have an uncanny ability to predict impending hurdles and, instead of brushing problematic issues aside, they attack them head-on.
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Sometimes in business it is convenient to only focus on the positives, though when companies do so, they end up blind-sided. If you want to become a leader, it’s imperative that you learn to voice concern where concern is needed and help become part of the solution rather than simply pretending the problem doesn’t exist.
2. Leaders always look for more effective ways to operate – leaders are results oriented. While the average employee is concerned with the amount of work they’ve done, the leader is more focused on the results that those activities have yielded.
Visionary employees think bottom-line and take the activities necessary to make their employer more profitable and, when they put their mind to doing so, the revenue yield is nothing short of impressive.
3. They care about others – leaders know that the only way to win others to their way of thinking is to display a vested interested in their co-workers’ well-being. In business, nothing can be achieved alone and visionary employees get others to see their perspective because they show a vested concern in the other parties being successful.
4. Leaders have a high self-esteem – leaders believe that they deserve what they receive. They can admit when they are wrong, they talk to themselves in a positive manner and are open-minded when it comes to ways to solve the company’s problems and drive further revenue for the organization.
5. Leaders have an uncanny passion for what they do – a leader’s effectiveness at work stems from their passion to always formulate more effective ways to do their job. They love what they do and, if they don’t, they move positions.
Visionary employees will continually make the right moves to ensure that they find themselves in a position that plays to their strengths and allows them the creativity they crave. When this happens, the money comes.
In the End
For many, the thought of transitioning into a leader can be intimidating and often scary. However, for those employees who want a more interesting, higher paying job, it is imperative that the transition be made. Remember, becoming a leader doesn’t happen overnight and it takes practice, but when one does so successfully the rewards are endless.
Ken Sundheim is the CEO of KAS Placement, a New York City based sales and marketing recruiting firm helping job seekers of all levels connect with some of today’s most innovative companies.