Leadership Tool #5: Goal Setting

Goal setting is vital for employees and an organization to keep on track. A leader has to motivate their employees and it helps to have clear guidelines and expectations (Nolan, 2017). Goal setting can be for a project as a whole or personal goals set by the employee. Either way, the leader needs to recognize the importance of them and help each employee to achieve said goals. This tool was selected because goal setting holds an organization and employee accountable. Goals are different for everyone, they can be work related, personal, short term or long term.

A common way to set goals is through the SMART goal acronym (see figure 1).

Smart goals

Figure 1. Gravalese, S. (2018, Jan 26). Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals [Online Image]. Retrieved from https://firecider.com/blogs/news/setting-s-m-a-r-t-goals

Goal setting can also be addressed by the 80/20 rule. The 80/20 rule states that 80% of the results comes from 20% of the work (Tracy, 2016). Brian Tracy (2016), recognizes two ways that the 80/20 rule can be applied to goal setting.

  1. Resist the urge to finish small goals first
  2. Pick one large goal and work towards it all the time

References

Gravalese, S. (2018, Jan 26). Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals [Online Image]. Retrieved from https://firecider.com/blogs/news/setting-s-m-a-r-t-goals

Nolan, R. (2017, Feb 20). 10 Leadership Tips: Set Goals and Objectives Right. Retrieved from https://project-management.com/10-leadership-tips-set-goals-and-objectives-right/

Tracy, B. (2016, May 10). How to Set Goals: 80/20 Rule for Goal Setting | Brian Tracy [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdiApKj3QPg

 

 

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