Drawing People to Your Vision for Success


You might say someone who enjoys repeated success in his/her field has strong business acumen, implying a shrewdness or sharpness when it comes to decision-making. While that may be true, look closer, and you’ll see many of these people also possess another quality; they have a vision for success and are able to convince others to get behind it.

“There are some people that are just so magnetic, their ideas inspire others,” said Forbes School of Business® at Ashford University Assistant Professor Dr. Karen Ivy, who referenced Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs as an example of a visionary whose mere presence was like gravity to generations of innovators.

But what if you don’t have that level of charisma? How can you paint a picture for others to follow?

“Someone with a vision can be the best motivator by ‘walking the talk,’” according to Dr. Diane Hamilton, an assistant professor at Forbes School of Business, who has also worked in the software, pharmaceutical, and real estate industries.

My teams were motivated when they saw that I was a team player, and there was a connection with what I said or directed them to do and what I would do in action,” she added.

Business acumen, Hamilton said, is something that can be taught.

“Some people are just luckier to have been exposed to people who think that way,” she said. “Once people who have not been exposed to that kind of thinking take courses where it is promoted, I believe they can improve.”

The topic of business acumen was discussed in-depth at the 2015 Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City. The event hosted 250 of the world’s brightest and most accomplished women, including executives, entrepreneurs, educators, journalists, celebrities, and politicians – all of whom can be called visionaries in their own right.

In the above video, you’ll hear what three of these women — Ramona Pierson, Declara CEO; Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador; and Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO — said about sharpening your business instincts and attracting people to your vision.


Written by Jason R. Latham, Content Manager for Bridgepoint Education.

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