Leadership and Management: 5 Reasons To Set Goals

There is a great phrase that I came across which really captures the benefit of having goals.  Goals are merely dreams or desires with legs.  If you are a leader, I am sure that you want to be a success and setting goals is one of the key tools that you can use to achieve success.  So what are 5 main reasons to set goals?


Reason 1: Increased Focus


If you have a goal it gives you focus something to aim for, a target or vision to work to.  The desire to achieve that target keeps you focussed on the things that matter to achieving the outcome that you want rather than getting distracted.


Reason 2: Higher Motivation


Achieving or making progress towards a goal can be hugely motivating.  Imagine for example you want to improve your time management.  When you start you probably struggle to keep to the discipline of planning your day, keeping track of your time and managing interruptions.  Pretty quickly you start to see that the actions you are taking are having a real impact which drives and motivates you to do more.


Reason 3: More Success


If you set yourself a goal you are more likely to succeed.  Once you set an idea in your mind that you are going to do something, there is likely to be a much greater chance of success.  Why? The reason is that you will go the extra mile to achieve it.


Reason 4: Confidence Building


If you start setting and achieving goals your confidence will rise.  I use myself as an example.  I left school at 16 with basic qualifications.  I started an Accountancy Diploma at night school.  Each time I passed a set of exams it gave me the confidence to tackle the next level.  Eventually I qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant.  It gave may the confidence to apply for more and more senior jobs.


Reason 5:  Personal Growth


Every time we set a goal we grow as a person.  The reason for this is that we are probably going to have to develop or learn about something to achieve it.  Chances are we might even have to step out of our comfort zone to do it.  Maybe there was a time when you had to work really hard to achieve a goal around a presentation or proposal.  I am sure that in the process of achieving the goal you learned a lot of new skills and about what you could achieve if you put your mind to it.


Bottom Line – Goals lead to action and action leads to results.  So what goals will you set to achieve even more success as a leader?

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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Jude says 10 December 2008

I absolutely agree. Recently I tried not setting goals and focussed on going with the flow. The danger with not setting goals is that it’s easy to lose your way and get sidetracked. Then you realise your days are filled with things that aren’t really related to your dreams.
It’s important to make sure that the goals are in line with your dreams and vision so that they are not just “To Dos” that fill the day up for no reason.

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