Posted by: chrismaser | May 10, 2010

ESTABLISHING REALISTIC OBJECTIVES

Realistic objectives are essential for a viable relationship between a leader and their constituency. If the objectives are too ambitious to be accomplished, the people soon become discouraged and flee what they consider a sinking ship. On the other hand, if the objectives are realistic and most of them are achievable and achieved, people will likely forgive the few that may go unmet. A leader is therefore wise in doing the necessary homework to assure, as much as possible, that the objectives they select not only are attainable as stated but also clearly further the cause as a whole, even as the leader fosters a sense of urgency.


Series on Leadership Challenges:

Return to the First Set of Posts

• Avoiding Self-Deception

• Over-Investment In Followers

• The Value Of Humor

• Coping With Someone You Dislike

• Imagine Yourself As Different People

• Inspiring Performance

• Nurturing Creativity

• Making Do With What You Have

• The Need For Urgency

• Give Counsel, Not Advice

• The Questions We Ask

• Burnout

• Leadership Within Organizations


Text © by Chris Maser, 2010. All rights reserved.

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This article is excerpted from my 1998 book, Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Development. Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, FL. 235 pp. It is updated in my 2012 book, Decision Making For A Sustainable Environment: A Systemic Approach. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. If you want more information about this book, want to purchase it, or want to contact me—visit my website.

If you wish, you can also read an article about what is important to me and/or you can listen to me give a presentation.



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