What really sets the tone for any organization to pursue greatness or significant impact in the market place? When is the vision so compelling that it engages all levels of the operation to look beyond the current challenges ? Aspirational leaders usually have a clear vision of what they stand for and where the organization is going.
They are very innovative in knowing when to use outside experts to ignite the vision by offering new perspective or direction. They are inclusive by nature, connect well at all levels of the organization and can articulate that vision to those around them. They can be found at all levels of the organization. The characteristics that usually set them apart are driven by a strong desire to set up higher standards that others would be willing to follow and admire. Aspirational leaders tend to be more on the innovation side and are willing to take risk to achieve a greater impact.
The ability to remain positive and forward thinking really sets them apart. When you experience a plan that is so bold that it ignites a new sense of excitement, you have just experienced a true aspirational leader. That new vision transcends the worst critics and create a view that lands wide scale buy in. It is so compelling that employees believe it could be possible to achieve. The leader has to first believe in the plan before they can convince others.
I have experienced this type of leadership many times in my career. These moments are important turning points and bring a great sense of team work and future determination. The goal of any bold plan can’t to achieved by only a few – it takes everyone to strive together to reach it.
Are you an aspirational leader?