Goal Setting As A LeaderEnderson Kreg
January 30, 2009 — 2,119 views
When an artist sets out to make a sculpture, he gets a large rock and begins to chip away at it. Each day this rock becomes just a little bit more like the final product the artist has designed. If the average person sets out to create the same sculpture, the process begins the same way. The difference happens after 3-4 days. Most of us would begin to feel like this process is going to "take forever" or "we are not getting anywhere", and we quit and move on to something else.
The artist on the other hand, he has a much different "mind process" about what he is doing. From the first time he looks at this large rock, he doesn't see the rock, he actually has a clear vision of the sculpture he will create. So each day, this rock looks more and more like the sculpture. He has a clear vision of the end result, and stays focused on that image.
That's what goal setting is all about. As a leader, and as part of your leadership development plan, each skill you learn is a small part of your "sculpture" or final product. Your leadership development doesn't just happen, it needs to be designed. It needs to be the result of a clear vision of how you want to be as a leader.
Your end result (sculpture) may be that you have a great team that is self-directed. You spend much of your day supporting and praising your team members. They all love what they do and your work place is positive and productive. You are able to spend your day planning and developing your own skills. You see your team members grow each day, and one after another goes out into the organization and produces yet another great team. Your responsibility grows month after month and your organization greatly values you as a leader. That's the sculpture you have in your mind each and every day.
The "chipping away" process is developing the leadership skills necessary to make all this happen. Learning delegation, not only to get more done but to develop the skills of your team members. Learning motivation, not the kind that rewards cash and prizes, but the kind that creates an internal desire for your team members to do the right thing and help you become successful as a leader. Learning empowerment, allowing team members to act, independent of your direction, making them feel better about what they do and have a sense of "community" that they are contributing to the success of the organization.
Goal setting as a leader is starting out with the end in mind, and day by day learning the skills necessary to create your master piece. Getting hung up on the day to day tasks will keep you from ever accomplishing your vision. Make sure you make a plan for your leadership development, and set aside time each day to learn one skill that will create the type of future you desire.
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