Leadership Vision and Goals
Vision and goals go hand in hand to help create a successful organization. As a leader, you cannot create goals without having a vision, and cannot realize the vision without setting goals to get there. An effective leader will need to have both a vision for the future, as well as a clear cut set of goals that will help a company to grow and achieve that vision. A leader needs to be committed to and passionate about their vision, and driven to accomplish their goals in order for their vision to be successfully realized.
Before a leader can be successful and before goals can be set, a vision is needed. A vision is something you want to achieve or accomplish, something you want for the future, and it is the most important thing for a successful leader to have. Without a clear vision, leaders will have problems inspiring others, and employees will have a difficult time being motivated due to not knowing ...view middle of the document...
Now that we have discussed vision, we will discuss the goals needed to fulfill that vision. The success of an organization relies on the ability to achieve the goals that are being set. It’s easy to get lost and lose sight of the vision when there aren’t any goals to guide the way. Goals help describe your organization and what it does, goals give direction along the path to realizing your vision, and having goals will help avoid confusion and disorder. When setting goals, there are a few elements to consider: Involve as many team members as possible in the task of goal-setting and lay out a plan on how these goals are going to be achieved. Allowing employees to participate in the goal-setting process will help give them more of a desire to work hard and see the goals they helped create being met. The goals should be practical, achievable, and ones that will help the organization grow or become better in some way (Clark, 1997).
The S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time) goal setting method is a valuable tool to use when setting goals and outlines the steps needed to set goals that will be successful (The Leadership Circle, 2013). In other words, set goals that are well defined and specific in their meaning, measurable in their progression, realistic and within reach, relevant to the vision of the organization, and have a time frame of when they will be completed.
There might be setbacks along the way and goals may need to be adjusted, but the vision will always stay the same. Leaders need to have persistence in going after their goals and will need to rely on the help of others (managers, employees, etc.) who are also invested in seeing these goals become reality. The world is an ever changing world and a leader will be able to see the bigger picture, predict future issues and initiate adjustments before these issues can become a problem.
Overall, having a vision of what you want and where you want to be in the future, the goals set to make it happen, and the perseverance to follow it through can result in a successful venture. Having managers and employees who can embrace your vision and follow through in achieving goals will also help produce results in making the dream a reality.