A business without goals can run the risk of becoming aimless and unsuccessful. As a leader, you can set yourself and your business up for success by setting high-quality goals that push you outside your comfort zone and challenge your skills.
When it comes to taking action to achieve these goals, it’s crucial to set the right example for your employees. Modeling this positive behavior can help them improve as they work toward their goals and the goals of the company. To help you get started, eight members of Young Entrepreneur Council discuss some of the actions leaders can take to achieve their objectives while modeling exemplary behavior for their employees.
1. Host A Goal Setting-Meeting
Make it a tradition to host a goal-setting meeting or event with your team where you share the company’s goals and your own personal goals. This will help your team understand where everyone is headed together and how they individually can set goals to be part of that. It is also important during this meeting to explain your “why” behind the goals and how you plan to get there as a leader. Using this time to coach people on the best strategies and habits that make goals attainable is empowering. This activity alone will show them your commitment to the process, to them as individuals and to the company as a whole. – Megan Marsh, CoLAB Lending
2. Have High Expectations Of Yourself
The best way to prepare yourself for success is to set ambitious goals. Big goals lead to big outcomes and stretch what we believe is possible. Unlike ambiguous goals such as “do your best,” these goals must be specific and measurable. They should also be backed up with a clear-cut plan and a strategy to keep you on track. Of course, you have to leave room to pivot, but ensure that you’re always fully committed to keeping your performance levels high. By setting high expectations for you and your employees, you also motivate your team members to leave their comfort zones to discover their true potential. This is the best way for them to learn the value of teamwork and discover their individual skills and talents. – John Lie-Nielsen, One Park Financial
3. Find An Accountability Partner
As leaders, we can set a lot of goals and have great plans. However, accountability can be lacking as a leader of a company. Find a peer or someone you know who can hold you accountable. Then share with them your goals, timelines and plan so both of you know what should be getting done. Make sure to have a monthly or quarterly meeting to check in and account for what you accomplished or what you didn’t. That person will push you to stay on track and help you be more focused on your goals. For things you didn’t accomplish, you will have to explain to them why and what you’re going to do in the next month to stay on track. Accountability partners have been so great for me and my business. – Kyle Clayton, Team Clayton of RE/MAX Professionals
4. Find Your ‘Why’
Defining why you want to achieve certain goals and what it will take is crucial for success. Many leaders set goals, but the intention behind them can often be misguided or set without real purpose. Understanding why you want to achieve something will not only help you visualize what needs to be done to make it happen, but it will also help those around you understand how they can best contribute and support you. Giving direction without sharing your vision and reason for executing can lead to confusion, doubt and a lack of motivation. – Oriana Papin-Zoghbi, AOA Dx Inc.
5. Define A Clear Vision
You can set yourself up for success before you ever start by having a clear vision of what you want to accomplish and making sure you are spending your time wisely. I believe having a clear goal and vision helps you achieve them smoothly. For example, if your goal is to make more money, then you need to ensure that you are doing the work that will lead to that goal instead of doing things that aren’t leading to the desired result. You also need to remember that it’s not just about your success; it’s about your employees’ success. Showing that you believe in your employees and care about their success will lead to more productivity because people are more likely to want to give their best to someone who cares about them. – Vikas Agrawal, Infobrandz
6. Align Your Goals With Your Core Values
The most important thing you can do as a leader to set yourself up for success when it comes to achieving your goals is to make sure that your goals and the habits you cultivate to achieve them are aligned with your core values. Let your values serve as your guide to make sure you properly schedule the time to work on the habits that will get you where you want to go. And also let them be your filter for knowing when to say “no” to being dragged in other directions. With consistency, your habits are what will enable you to achieve your goals, while also setting an example for your employees along the way. – David Henzel, TaskDrive
7. Be Realistic
I’ve found that the best way to set yourself up for success is to manage expectations effectively. A mentor once shared the advice: “It takes twice as long and twice as much money to accomplish half as much as you think you can.” When you set expectations with this in mind, it allows you to work on big goals while having a realistic expectation of outcomes along the way. Most people get discouraged when they feel they are not achieving what they’re capable of. By reframing expectations in this way, that point of discouragement never comes. – Arian Radmand, IgnitePost
8. Break Goals Down Into Smaller Steps
Large goals can seem insurmountable and difficult. Yet, they are not. When you know what little steps will contribute to the whole, whether you are migrating a website for a client or scheduling a charity event, then you can organize them. Program check-ins using your phone, a journal or your computer calendar. Having reminders can go a long way in helping you achieve large goals. Some apps even provide positive reinforcement if you want to gamify the process. If that doesn’t work, find other ways to reward yourself for accomplishing those steps. – Duran Inci, Optimum7