Emotional Intelligence for Being a Visionary Leader

In response to the need for vision and innovation that companies currently require for their success, the concept of visionary leadership has been developed.

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This leadership style proposes a realistic vision of the future in which the visionary leader must seek a balance between the ideal of a company and reality, and for this, he or she must develop emotional intelligence in all its dimensions.

Emotional intelligence is not about being sweet and cheerful, it requires the development of other skills that, well managed, allow you to develop visionary leadership. According to the Harvard Business Review, emotional intelligence comprises four domains in which there are 12 competencies, which I will mention below and develop according to my holistic vision:


The first domain implies emotional self-awareness. This requires permanent self-knowledge and evaluation because the more distance there is between the concept that employees have about the leader and the concept they have of themselves, the less emotional intelligence they have and in this case, an external accompaniment is required to review which ones are your weaknesses to transform them into strengths.


The second domain refers to self-management. From my point of view, it is one of the most important because it requires intense inner work, to have emotional self-control, preventing impulsivity from entering the scene, through anger, devaluation or abuse, and decision-making inadequate, which cause the vision and goals of the company to be lost sight of.

Social Awareness

The third domain refers to social awareness. Here is essential empathy and organizational awareness, as part of social responsibility.


Relationship Management

The fourth domain refers to relationship management, which is characterized by the ability to inspire and influence employees, enhancing their skills through training and mentoring, to get the best out of each one for the benefit of all. This domain involves the ability to resolve conflicts in an assertive way, turning each conjunctural situation into an inspiring moment that invites change, transformation, and team growth, through the implementation of creativity without fear of failure, leading to inspiring leadership.

Characteristics of the Visionary Leader

In addition to having outstanding emotional intelligence, the visionary leader is cheerful, enthusiastic, committed, honest, trustworthy, and extroverted, being thus an excellent guide, which makes them trustworthy because they work under moral and ethical parameters to achieve the proposed goals.

This type of leader is very suitable for teamwork since they listen to the opinions of the staff. In addition, they know how to identify the strengths of people, so when they recognize a possible valuable member to be part of their team, they invite them to collaborate in their company. This inspires and motivates employees because leaders are also committed and involved with the fulfillment of the goals.

A visionary leader is always committed body and soul to a specific cause, making the achievement of goals their objective, without neglecting the compassionate aspect, which implies an extraordinary leadership and management tactic.

Examples of visionary leadership, among others, are Nelson Mandela and Gandhi, in whom we can see their visionary leadership summarized in the following sentence: "Strength does not come from a physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."

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