Leadership is more than dreaming, but the power of imaginative thinking is sometimes underestimated. What can leaders gain from straying away from facts and reality to connect with new aspirations and potential?

You can remove constraints. You may be narrowing your vision of personal and professional success. Sometimes we operate on autopilot and do what others expect us to do. Or we quickly dismiss a new course of action because it is unfamiliar and unsafe. Structured dreaming allows you to mentally test drive the road not taken.

You will be more open to opportunities. You may never know how many potentially life-changing turning points you have missed because you were not open to them. Having a vision for your future primes you to recognize opportunities that would otherwise have been invisible.

You will be better able to enable others’ dreams. Being in touch with your own aspirations will help you encourage others to reach their own. You will understand the power of a life purpose and work to connect people with what they were meant to do.

You will be more directed. With your picture of future success as a guide, you will structure your time better. Distractions like aimless web surfing will be less attractive, as you spend your available time on advancing your dream. Even if your dream won’t be realized right away, you will take the necessary small steps to advance your future.

You can connect with a higher purpose. Some people dream of professional or financial success. Consider what else you want to achieve that cannot be bought or is less tangible? What difference do you want to make in the world?

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw