3 Categories of Goals You Must Set As a Leader

As a leader, you’re responsible for leading your team to achieve results. As such, there are three, high-level categories of goals you must set. The key is that you must keep these three categories of goals balance. Also, as the leader, it’s your responsibility to keep track of these three categories.

1. Your Team’s Goals

The first category of goals you must set and track is your team’s goals. That is, the targets your team must reach within a given period. For example, if you lead a sales force, one of your team goals might be the amount of revenue your team must generate in the next quarter.

When setting your team’s goals, you should factor in the movements that may happen in the team (e.g., sickness, attrition, etc.).

As the leader, your organization holds you accountable for your team’s results. Therefore, you must keep an eye on your team’s targets and, when needed, put in place corrective measures to ensure your team meets its targets.

2. Your Team Members’ Goals

In addition to your team’s goals, as the leader, you must keep a close eye on individual performance: you must ensure that each team member is reaching their specific targets. If they’re not, it may jeopardize your team’s goals.

The goals you set for each member of the team will depend on their role and responsibilities within the team. Also, your team members’ capacity and availability may influence the targets you set for them.

For instance, the targets you set for a new team member will be different than the ones you set for an experience one. Likewise, the targets you set for a team member who works five days a week will differ from those you set for a member who only works three days a week.

In many cases, your team members will participate in the process of setting their goals. Your role as the leader is to ensure that those goals make sense and that they align with the team’s goals.

When I team member fails to reach their targets, you’re responsible for addressing their performance and assisting them in getting back on track.

3. Your Own Goals

Leaders have their targets to achieve. As you monitor your team’s goals and your team members goals, you must keep an eye on your own goals. While managing your team, you don’t want to lose track of your deliverable.

When you fail to reach your goals, your team suffers. There are activities you must perform to ensure that your team members have what they need to do their work, and you shouldn’t neglect these.

When you plan, make sure you account for those three categories of goals: your team’s goals, your team members goals, and your own goals.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.