4 Steps for Setting Attainable Leadership Goals

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Once you’ve hired a business coach, it’s time to get down to the brass tacks: Setting goals and achieving those goals. It’s not enough to simply state that you’re going to be a better leader. You need to think specific and think within the realm of possibility. Here’s your guide to setting attainable leadership goals in 4 steps:

Step 1: Dream

Where are you and where do you want to be? Of course, the first step requires evaluating what your strengths and weaknesses are as a leader prior to beginning your training. While it can be difficult to be honest and candid with yourself and with your leadership coach, it’s important not to sugarcoat your skills, as it will not provide accurate data and feedback.

Step 2: Measure

Determine how you’ll measure your progress. One way to do this is quantifying your data. Rank yourself on a scale of 1-10 for each of your goals in terms of how skilled you are at them. Continue to rank yourself throughout the term of your growth, then chart and compare. It can feel amazing to see a tangible piece of evidence that says, “You’ve done it!” or “It’s time to get it together.”

Step 3: Set Goals

Choose goals that motivate you. It’s no use picking goals that you’re not passionate about. It is incredibly difficult to be motivated to do something that we hate and convincing ourselves that our success should be measured on how well we do a hated activity isn’t quite fair. Instead, choose goals that you’re excited to engage with. For example, someone who loves numbers might set a goal to become better at sharing enumeration data. Someone who loves to work a crowd might set a goal to be more engaging for his team. Whatever you choose, make sure that it’s important to YOU.

Step 4: Be Accountable

Share your goals with others to help maintain accountability. One of the best ways to do this is to be open and candid with your work team. Share with them that you’ve been working on becoming a better leader and that you’d like to get some feedback on how you’ve been doing. While not every comment or suggestion will be what you want to hear, understanding an outsider’s perspective on your progress is one of the most valuable ways to determine that the change is happening.

Get in touch with Catalyst Group ECR to start setting attainable leadership goals!

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