There is a great demand of good leadership. Good leadership is the scarcest resource the world has experienced in years. What I mean by good leadership is visionary leadership. Anybody can be a leader but not all are visionary leaders. The world is fed up with leaders and it is now in deep hunger and thirst for visionary leaders.
Visionary leaders are like armed prophets. They have a reason to make people follow them. They are game changers and they can communicate the big picture in the simplest way possible. When they speak, they connect their visions to a real life experience. They are game changers and focused on adding value in people’s lives.
If you are a Christian then you are probably familiar with some visionary leaders and the themes of their leadership. Abraham lead because he was the father of all nations. He knew that God was going to use him to fill the earth. When God told him that his descendants were going to be like the sand in the shore of the sea or like stars in the sky at night, he believed it and picked on the vision. That was his guiding message in everything he did. “I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore.” (Genesis 22:17, ESV).
Moses was another visionary leader with a message to take Gods children to the Promised Land. Canaan was a land full of milk and honey which we still value to this day. Moses used this vision from God to lead his people but only under a condition that those who obeyed God and kept his commandments were to inherit that beautiful land flowing with gems.
The great need of visionary leadership is everywhere. Countries and nations are looking for politicians with visions to improve and grow economies. Very few live to see that vision of improved development come true. Businesses are in high demand of visionary CEOs, but there are quite a few visionary CEOs out there. Churches are in high demand of visionary leaders, those who can engage community, bring new believers in church and cultivate strong spiritual foundations to new converts but there are only a handful of them out there. So what makes visionary leadership to be in high demand?
Visionary leaders are big sanctifiers who fully give their lives for the course determined by their followers. They endure the pain and get worst hitting more than anybody following them. They are always in frontline but mostly in times of challenges, problems and difficulties. They never cave in to false beliefs of impossibilities. To them everything is possible.
Visionary leaders only rest when they have achieved their dreams. They work towards the big picture and it does not matter to them how many times they slip, fall and get back up. They never believe in staying on the ground once you fall down. They rise and shine for it makes no sense to them to rise and fail to shine.
Visionary leaders are determined and they know their direction. They have the ability to grip on to their vision until it comes true. They understand that just as you approach victory that is when the worst happens. They never give up when all hopes seems gone. They understand that pain only lasts for a moment then it fades away.
Visionary leaders are hopeful people. They know that as long as they are alive, they can achieve anything. They build unity and form organization synergies to push them forward. Above all they understand that nobody can push them forward than themselves. They strive towards success but they never stop and dwell on their achievements. They look at victory as a point to stop and take a breath before start climbing another mountain. They know that life is what you make it to be and if you have faith in God then you can do anything you set your mind in.
© Joshua Okello 2014.
Joshua Okello is a B.A graduate in Business Administration, International Development and Philosophy. He is also the author of the book Strategies of Entrepreneurial Leadership He has exceptional skills in organizing, coordinating projects and capacity building initiatives with key emphasis on livelihood programs; microfinance through savings and credit led models; business development services and entrepreneurial leadership. He is also the founder and Executive Director of Succeed Africa Relief Organization, a Canadian Christian Organization geared towards giving hope and transformation in lives of the chronically poor in Africa.