Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Henry Ford, Sam Walton, Elon Musk. All are considered visionaries because the public looked at the products they offered and adopted them en masse. In some cases, the technology was new, different, and better than the existing mouse trap. In other situations, it was purely a function of price. In either scenario, these leaders had a different viewpoint about how the future would look and it turned out to be accurate. The takeaway is that in many parts of society, especially in competitive fields like business, sports, and politics, the ability to peer into the future and see what could be is a crucial part of leadership. Over the course of the last week, we have seen examples of this play out.
For instance, in the industrial arena, General Electric (