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Is Your Leadership Perspective Visionary or Pragmatic?

Is Your Leadership Perspective Visionary or Pragmatic? April 28, 2021
Leadership Perspective

This post on leadership perspectives is part of a series of Ten Leadership Styles In Church. The other posts in the series are:

  1. Ten Leadership Styles That Make A Difference In Church
  2. Is Your Leadership Perspective Visionary or Pragmatic?
  3. Is Your Leadership Focus Relationship or Outcome?
  4. Is Your Leadership Framework Methodical or Flexible?
  5. Is Your Leadership Perception Confident or Sensitive?
  6. Is Your Leadership Engagement Action or Introspection?
  7. Discovering Your Unique Leadership Blend

If you’d prefer, you can listen to me unpack this article in my podcast – just click below!

Our leadership perspective is a measure of how we see the world. Think of it at a scale. At one end are the visionaries, who focus and dream about tomorrow. At the other end are the pragmatics, focusing on and addressing the challenges of today. Which are you?

The truth is that all of us are a mixture of both. But to what extent? Are we actually balanced in both? Or do we have a strong or slight leaning towards one side of this scale? Nothing is right or wrong here, but it is helpful to know our preferences in our various roles so we play to our strengths and recognise our weaknesses.

Do You See The World As A Visionary or Pragmatist?

I’ve worked with real visionaries who could and would dream big about the future. Full of passion, ideas, enthusiasm and energy, they reached for the stars. Inspirational, sure, but not necessarily detail-minded or mindful of the practicalities of how to do it! Conversely, I served alongside leaders much more pragmatic and practical, mindful of details and much more grounded and down to earth. Yet whilst the pragmatists didn’t often miss a trick, and crossed every ‘T’ and dotted every ‘I’, they could be over-cautious and lost in the details.

What makes someone a visionary or a pragmatist? Each leadership style is defined by five ‘drivers’ – behaviours that characterise it. The more of these behaviours we are naturally fluent in, the more likely we are to flow in the relevant leadership style. You can see the five drivers for each leadership style here:

leadership perspective

Both leadership styles have clear drivers that shape how they function, but each driver can also be overemphasised or overused, for example during times of anxiety, stress or pressure. They then turn from a strength into a weakness. These drivers become ‘dysfunctions’ and you can see the five dysfunctions for each leadership style here:

leadership perspective

Discovering if we are strong, slight, or balanced in our visionary or pragmatic leaning is key for our personal leadership discovery. Romans 12:8 tells us that those with the gift of leadership should lead with zeal. The Greek word here translated ‘zeal’ carries a sense of urgency or wholeheartedness. Biblically, we are called to lead in all our fullness! Knowing our natural leadership leaning is the first step in this.

Get in touch with me today to find out how you can discover your own unique leadership style.

This post on leadership perspectives is part of a series of Ten Leadership Styles In Church. The other posts in the series are:

  1. Ten Leadership Styles That Make A Difference In Church
  2. Is Your Leadership Perspective Visionary or Pragmatic?
  3. Is Your Leadership Focus Relationship or Outcome?
  4. Is Your Leadership Framework Methodical or Flexible?
  5. Is Your Leadership Perception Confident or Sensitive?
  6. Is Your Leadership Engagement Action or Introspection?
  7. Discovering Your Unique Leadership Blend
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