quote by Henry Mintzberg

A leader has to be one of two things: he either has to be a brilliant visionary himself, a truly creative strategist, in which case he can do what he likes and get away with it; or else he has to be a true empowerer who can bring out the best in others.

— Henry Mintzberg

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You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.


Visionary leaders quote A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decis
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.

America's leaders have to find a way to work together, rise to the challenge, and come up with solutions as bold and visionary as the people of this nation.

Visionary leaders quote Be a leader by example. Be confident and humble. Love the unloved.
Be a leader by example. Be confident and humble. Love the unloved.
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The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.

A great company in the media business needs visionary leaders, not a conglomerate structure headquartered in Columbus Circle that second guesses.

Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.


Visionary leaders quote The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The l
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.

The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.

Leaders of the future will have to be visionary and be able to bring people in - real communicators. These are things that women bring to leadership and executive positions, and it's going to be incredibly valuable and incredibly in demand.

To me, a leader is a visionary that energizes others.

This definition of leadership has two key dimensions: a) creating the vision of the future, and b) inspiring others to make the vision a reality.

Visionary leaders quote Leaders don't force people to follow. They invite others on a journey.
Leaders don't force people to follow. They invite others on a journey.

In times of change, learners inherit the earth

When the world is in the midst of change, when adversity and opportunity are almost indistinguishable, this is the time for visionary leadership and when leaders need to look beyond the survival needs of those they're serving.


It's not what the vision is, it's what the vision does.

Visionary leaders quote A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.
A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.

The world has lost a visionary leader, a courageous voice for justice, and a clear moral compass. By showing us that the path to freedom and human dignity lies in love, wisdom and compassion for one another, Nelson Mandela stands as an inspiration to us all.

Remember, every great leader (or visionary or brave thinker) was initially laughed at. Now they are revered.

Looking up gives light, although at first it makes you dizzy.

Visionary leaders quote He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.
He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.

Commit to Excellence. Become massively innovative and wear your passion on your sleeve. They might call you different or weird or even crazy. But please remember, every great leader (or visionary or brave thinker) was initially laughed at. Now they are revered.


Being a visionary leader is not about giving speeches and inspiring the troops.

How I spend my day is pretty much the same as how any executive spends his day. Being a visionary leader is about solving day-to-day problems with my vision in mind.

...perhaps the most distinguishing trait of visionary leaders is that they believe in a goal that benefits not only themselves, but others as well. It is such vision that attracts the psychic energy of other people, and makes them willing to work beyond the call of duty for the organization.

Visionary leaders quote A leader is someone who demonstrates what's possible.
A leader is someone who demonstrates what's possible.

But the question we should ask ourselves is, who is the next visionary leader of America? How do we have the aspiration and inspire Americans to reach their highest level? We need a president that does so.

A visionary may see, but a leader must decide.

Renowned management guru Peter F.Drucker looked back at his 65-year consulting career shortly before he died. He concluded that great leaders could either be 'charismatic or dull' or 'visionary or numbers-orientated,' but the most inspiring and effective managers he knew all had said we rather than I.


Visionary leaders quote Successful leaders understand that true power comes not from exercising control,
Successful leaders understand that true power comes not from exercising control, but from empowering others.

To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.

Statesman create; ordinary leaders consume. The ordinary leader is satisfied with ameliorating the environment, not transforming it; a statesman must be a visionary and an educator.

Are you responsibly optimistic? Pessimism and leadership do not mix.

Leaders are positively visionary.

Visionary leaders quote Leaders aren't born. They are made. And they are made just like anything else, t
Leaders aren't born. They are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.

A leader should be a visionary and have more foresight than an employee.

In every crisis, people do not respond like a school of fish.

Some people become immobilized. Some people become very angry, some commit suicide, and other people begin to find solutions. And visionary organizers look at those people, recognize them and encourage them, and they become leaders of the future.


Leaders are visionaries. They see the outcome. Leaders are communicators. They tell us what they're seeing. They hold the dream, letting us feel that it's possible. Our minds open up to what they show us could be. We dream with them. We get excited with them, drawing on all our abilities to create the future.

Visionary leaders quote Victims love entertainment, leaders love education.
Victims love entertainment, leaders love education.

Among modern occupations, only cult leaders and TV weathermen rival the technological visionary's ability to retain credibility despite all evidence to the contrary.

Oftentimes, churches are started by an entrepreneurial church plant visionary whom everybody follows, but he's not following anybody. Even though he's "accountable to a board," he's really not. Authority's a good thing, and if it's not forced upon you as a leader, then I suggest, strongly, that you go buy some.

Wright is a visionary with a great strategic mind, and he's a strong business leader with outstanding people skills, ... He's a terrific guy and will be a key force in guiding the company's future growth.

Visionary leaders quote A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where t
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't want to go but ought to be.

Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder. The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the Apple team.


One hundred years ago, visionary political leaders from the Progressive Era established a system of national forests and parks in our country that are the envy of the world and today are the treasure of an entire nation. Why not a similar, global vision for our generation?