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The Best Leaders Look to the Future

The Best Leaders Look to the Future

Anthony Iannarino, Managing Director, B2B Sales Coach & Consultancy










The Best Leaders Look to the Future

The best leaders in business look toward the future rather than looking back. They are focused on the prospects of a bright tomorrow rather than the problems that may be stalling them at the present.

Only a handful of business leaders have the ability to foresee what will happen in the future.  No, we are not talking about supernatural stuff here.  We are talking about the ability of these leaders to lead their team in the direction they want to go.

A good leader conceptualizes the areas of the business that need to be improved. As a leader, conceptualization must lead to idealization and must realize that to achieve your goals, there are infinite ways of doing so.  The best way to exemplify this is to think of yourself as a leader with no limits, just endless possibilities in sight.

Ask yourself this: if you see yourself as a good business leader, what is it that you will need in order to achieve your goals and what are the necessary tools you will need to do so?

Be positive by thinking positive

The best leaders in business have two things in common. First they stay positive about the position they are in, no matter how difficult it may be at any given time. Compared to an average positive-thinking person, they look for more in the future rather than think of what is there in the present. They don’t answer questions like ‘what or where would you be after a decade?’ This is something only answered by leaders who practice idealization.  Five, ten years from now, what are your plans?  Those are the questions that they wish to find answers for.

They are optimistic. This is the characteristic that allows leaders to see probable opportunities in front of them. Even in bad situations they still try to look for something positive.


Inspire people to do more

Good business leaders inspire their managers and employees because they themselves feel inspired to work. Something in them ignites their passion to work.  It may be in the form of a new business idea which they want to see come to fruition.  They love the challenge. Every step they take is a step toward success. For them, they actually see failure as a part of achieving success. You won’t win if you don’t fail occasionally. They actually do not use the term failure. They say ‘educating yourself.’

Their main purpose of achieving success is by showing leadership qualities and sharing these qualities for the benefit of the company. With very vivid plans for the future, leaders take their employees and lead them to success. They want nothing more than the best productivity their people can show.

Setting goals is the main driving force of why leaders of business become successful. This almost always means that a leader of this caliber has the ability to achieve more both for themselves and for the team, resulting in higher productivity and profitability.

To learn more about leadership and leading teams, click here to listen to a conversation Steve Caldwell had with Anthony Iannarino on the Manager Mojo podcast.


The Best Leaders Look to the Future

Steve Caldwell


As a self-professed “manager from hell,” Steve Caldwell learned through the hard knocks of making mistakes while building a career.  Today he serves as a leadership coach, mentor and role model guiding high achieving managers to become the strong leaders their companies, employees and the world needs.  He is also author of the book Manager Mojo – Be the Leader that Others Want to Follow (available on Amazon).

“In all arenas, we suffer from a lack of leadership talent,” Steve observes.  “Every day employees are promoted into management with no training or support to guide their development into leadership positions.  You don’t have to be born to lead. You can learn to lead.”  He can be reached by email at or by phone at (415) 670*9543.


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