Where there is no vision, the people perish.

—Proverbs 29:18

Everyone recognizes a great, visionary leader when they see one—at least in retrospect, after their prescient ideas have been borne out by time. In history, Winston Churchill inspired the British in their darkest hour, and Nelson Mandela led the resistance to apartheid from his prison cell on Robben Island. Visionary industrial-age titans like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Kiichiro Toyoda, and, in our own day, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Jeff Bezos recognized the transformative power of new technologies and leveraged them to build vast enterprises that changed whole economies and ways of life. Each of these leaders looked past the conventional ...

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