Every leader should have a goal. Without a goal, there is no real mission that can be developed because there is no end result that can be achieved. Leadership goals should be attainable, have metrics that allow for accurate measurement, and are something that will inspire everyone around the leader to find their own success.
Here are some key leadership goals to consider making in your own life or professional duties so that you can become the leader you know you can be.
1. Active Listening
Listening is something that you hear. Active listening is something that you do. Leaders should set goals to actively listen to their team, their customers, and even strangers who might have feedback. The key to active listening isn’t to hear the words that are said, but to understand them. Sometimes this means asking key questions to make sure you’re on the same page.
2. Individual Coaching
Leadership isn’t just about leading. It’s also about encouraging and developing, which many leaders just don’t make time to do. Make the goal of coaching people up above what they believe they can do and you’ll inspire them to do great things. People need leaders who set goals like this because without the encouragement, they will be too fearful to accomplish difficult development tasks on their own.
3. Understand Finances
Every leader needs to have at least a basic understanding of accounting and managing a budget effectively. Even for those leaders who have a grasp on how to manage money, it is important to work on increasing this knowledge so that more success can be found. Set the goal to be wise in your spending and financial habits and your team will become a reflection of this goal in a more perfect way every day.
4. Know More
Leaders tend to stay in their own comfort zone and this makes sense. After all, if you’re good at making wheels and someone needs you to make rivets, the quality of the product being produced if you make rivets will go down dramatically. In the business world, however, there will be times when you need to make wheels and then there will be times when you need to make rivets. By knowing how to do both, you’ll improve your skills as a leader dramatically.
5. Be Strategic
Being a leader is a lot like playing a game of chess. Most leaders, when they first start out, think in the moment. Great leaders think strategically and go 3-4 moves ahead of where they are in the “right now.” Set the goal of planning ahead strategically so you can plan for the big picture through your smaller goals and the perspective will get you through those difficult moments.
6. Be Present
A leader cannot be a leader unless they are present. You must be able to command a team, the room when you enter it, and be engaging when you do. The only way to do this is to be authentic, so set the goal of being honest in everything and you’ll be able to inspire others to do great things.
Leadership goals that make sense will take you to new heights. Set these key goals today and you won’t believe how far you can go.