Almost everyone sets goals at the beginning of the year…it’s what we’re conditioned to do. And it’s not a bad thing. Goals are good...they give us measurable targets which support our purpose.
Management goals are the most popular with key targets including profitability, employee turnover, sales volume and the like. Personal goals revolving around health, weight loss, spending more time with kids and life balance often make the list.
But what about leaders? Leaders have a different responsibility…they’re accountable for leading others to make change. Specifically, leaders…
Seek change...because they are unsatisfied with the status quo. They envision a better future and are bold enough to take responsibility and leap.
Teach...because creating a culture and a future other people want and then leading them there is more effective and long-lasting than commanding an outcome. Teach vs. Tell.
Learn...because it’s the prerequisite to teaching and making change. Learning indicates forward motion and a desire to make positive change happen. But when combined with empathy and openness to new ideas, it’s the most important choice we can make. Nothing would change if no one learned.
The appropriate leadership goals then begin with these questions…answer wisely, be specific and be accountable.
What will you learn?
What will you teach?
What change will you make?