Ch. 7: Visionary Style vs Pragmatic Style

Examine the styles:

Find out more about these two opposite leadership styles.

Visionary Leadership Style

Visionary leaders emphasize idealism over realism when setting their strategic goals. They outline an aspirational and challenging long term vision, far beyond the organization’s current capabilities. Having set a goal that is BOLD – broad, optimistic, long-term and daring – such leaders tend to encourage people to find innovative ways of making it happen. They set the vision and mobilize their followers to co-create the means of getting there.


Pragmatic Leadership Style

Pragmatic leaders emphasize realism over idealism when setting their strategic goals. They determine what the organization is capable of achieving and then draw up a plan detailing how it should be achieved. Then they communicate to others exactly what, when and how they want it. The strategic goals they set tend to be SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound – focusing on the period for which they can plan.

Examine the case

Ideas and practices worth sharing:

Here you can read up on suggestions about developing a specific leadership style and on how to avoid certain leadership pitfalls. Make sure to leave your own suggestions behind for others as well.

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