The main aim of being a leader is to set very achievable targets for yourself and all the other members within the group. This goes with the task of seeing to it that those targets are very essential to the very lives of people around you and to also make sure that the necessary steps are taken towards the reaching of each of those destinations. This is however the stage of leadership which does not involve that much as by the time you will get to such a stage most of the tedious tasks would have be already done.
Talking about tasks that are very demanding and have the tendency to weigh heavily on a leader refers to those tasks which are mainly concerned with the mental state of an individual and how he or she preps him or herself for such situations. An example of such a task is the conceiving of a very clear and concise vision which will have the ability to inspire people to show commitment in the group. Due to the fact that this is not a physical activity, a lot of leaders always do fall short in such an area as they set targets that are either below the aspirations of the group or higher than what they can really achieve.
The nature of goals that a leader sets is what his or her followers use in rating how serious he or she is towards helping to bring about a desirable change in the lives of those around and the entire society as a whole. This therefore means that if a leader is found out to set goals or targets that are lower than what people really do expect, he or she will be seen as not having any brighter or better plans for the future. That alone is a very negative blow to the career of such a leader and it can be the factor that will lead to his or her failure in the world of leadership.
A leader who will be seen as being very serious and conscious about all that people are going through is the one who can set goals or targets that are deemed as being higher performance goals. These are goals that have the ability to push people to put in their maximum best in ensuring that they realise that dream of making a very positive impact in the lives of people. You might be wondering why it is necessary for you as a leader to set higher performance goals. Well, continue reading and your unspoken questions will be sufficiently and properly answered in the paragraphs below.
It portrays how knowledgeable you are of a present situation: The mere setting of higher performance goals which are aimed at helping to do away with a present condition or to improve upon a product is a way of proving how knowledgeable you are of what is happening around you. To be able to identify targets that can be reached which presents more comfort to people shows that you really have an idea about what is going on and how it can be changed for the better. People are always willing to connect with a goal when they realise that you are fully aware of the present and the future that you seek for people.
It shows your level of inspiration: A truly inspired individual is the one who is willing to put in all his or her energy into a particular task so as to achieve the results that he or she craves. This means then by setting a higher performance goal, you are indirectly telling people how inspired and intrinsically motivated you are towards striving to make a positive impact in the lives of people around you. This is something that no amount of words can get you as the people will always judge you by the targets that you have set and if the find it to be one that will let them be at their best, then they will be willing to follow your lead and be seen as part of those who were able to influence a situation positively.
Higher performance goals inspire people around: People tend to get their inspiration from the goals that the leader sets. This means that when you set low performance goals you are only increasing the amount of work that you will be doing as a leader which includes trying your best to get the people motivated in order to do what is expected of them. However, with a higher performance goal, these people will be inspired to the extent that they will show that level of commitment which comes with pure inspiration.
These are the reasons why you as a leader need to set higher performance goals for yourself and the entire group.
About the author: Jeff Evans, Ph.D. I am CEO of Envision Global Leadership, Inc., a leadership development and organization development consulting firm focused on change navigation.