To Become a More Visionary Leader

To Become a More Visionary Leader, Become Stronger at Visualization

To Become a More Visionary Leader, Become Stronger at Visualization

In our research with thousands of leaders, one skill stands out — by far — as the most common improvement area: their ability to sell a vision to employees. Over 50 percent of leaders we’ve assessed struggle to demonstrate this form of visionary leadership, a larger deficiency percentage than for any other leadership skill. Leaders are consistently unable to vividly paint a compelling picture of the future in a way that inspires others to follow them along a challenging route toward a new business reality. This is an improvement area for most leaders because it requires them to synthesize and clarify ambiguous, complex business concepts into a clear path forward.

Just describing a direction in words is no longer enough; leaders must convert words into visual concepts to make their messages understandable and evocative, and to make them stick. But while information visualization is a linchpin leadership skill between business complexity and clear, compelling messaging, it’s not yet a natural strength for many leaders. It is, however, not only a highly effective and broadly applicable communication technique but also one that’s learnable.

Read Also:
The 10 Algorithms Machine Learning Engineers Need to Know

Visualization has never been more timely and vital as a skill for leaders of all levels. Not only because of the ever-increasing amount of data leaders are being asked to process and apply to make decisions — data far too extensive to be comprehensibly read through and that draws on incredibly well-honed and rapidly-triggered visual and perceptual abilities — but also because the evidence for visualization’s superior impact can no longer be ignored.

Research is rapidly accumulating for visualization’s advantages over more traditional and common forms of communication in business settings, such as inscrutable tables of numbers and endless lists of bulleted text. Unique, visualized information is far more persuasive and more memorable to an audience, and more effective in guiding high-caliber management decisions. Even for conveying complex business concepts such as strategic direction, visualization generates more attention to, agreement with, and recall of business strategies.

 



Data Science Congress 2017

5
Jun
2017
Data Science Congress 2017

20% off with code 7wdata_DSC2017

Read Also:
Approaching data governance from a business perspective
Read Also:
Why Sharing Cancer Big Data is Key to Personalized Medicine

AI Paris

6
Jun
2017
AI Paris

20% off with code AIP17-7WDATA-20

Read Also:
Two critical data challenges and how to overcome them

Chief Data Officer Summit San Francisco

7
Jun
2017
Chief Data Officer Summit San Francisco

$200 off with code DATA200

Read Also:
The real promise of regulatory technology

Customer Analytics Innovation Summit Chicago

7
Jun
2017
Customer Analytics Innovation Summit Chicago

$200 off with code DATA200

Read Also:
3 Questions You Should Ask Your Analytics Vendor

Big Data and Analytics Marketing Summit London

12
Jun
2017
Big Data and Analytics Marketing Summit London

$200 off with code DATA200

Read Also:
Why Sharing Cancer Big Data is Key to Personalized Medicine

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *