Gaining a perspective in the development of a vision is the first step principals must take in becoming visionary leaders for their campuses. What, then, does it mean for principals to gain a perspective for the development of their visions? The purpose of this paper is to consider one aspect of becoming a visionary principal and that aspect is gaining perspective in order to develop the vision. Specifically, we share (a) the definition for visionary principals, (b) issues of global and societal conditions to be considered by principals when gaining perspective in the development of a vision, (c) ways in which principals can bring their visions home to the school culture, and (d) the development of a systemic vision, taking into account multiple relational standpoints in the development of a vision.
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