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03/19/07
Concepts of Leadership. Role of goal setting
Filed under: Interviewing, Networking, Mentoring, First Year on Job, Leadership, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 8:49 am

Leadership is one of the things many companies evaluate
people in their organization for providing and it is something
that can be learned, modeled and emulated.

Ram Charron authored an insightful article on one of the
practices good leaders originate– purposeful, authentic
goal-setting. 

It is valuable to examine his points.  He indicates there is a
practiced know-how to thinking through the goals you set to reach
to meet specific objectives.  This can involve mid-course changes
based on research and development results, competition, market
feedback and insights for other cross currents.

Goal setting involves 
-  specifically how objectives are going to be met
and the implications of working on the goals
(options creation factor, also options modification
factor)

-  consideration of other goals being worked on
by other members of your team; 
       can you maximize each others’ by co-developing
common segments,
        is there a priority of goals; 
        is there a overriding constraint that needs to be factored
in to goals–staffing, cash-flow, technology…(within budget factor)

- think backward (kniht) from achieving the goal to
the steps involved.  this is commonly helpful in
constructing timelines for work (on-time factor)

- involve others, as you are more likely to elicit
cooperation if people co-develop goals, as they
have a say in their formation, than if they are directed
to accomplish things.  (accountability factor)

What other thoughts do you have about good practices in
goal-setting that can be passed on to allow people to
learn and practice this essential leadership skill?

Dan

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