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Becoming a Person Centred Leader Part 4: developing a personal vision and purpose & goals

It can feel difficult to think about this one, but just think,  if you don’t know where you are going how will you begin to take actions that will get you there? If you don’t know your purpose, why would you want to take action in the first place? And if you don’t know where you are going and why, how can you enthuse others to come on the journey with you (we will be looking at that in part 5)?

A blog post I read the other day suggested that if you work for an organisation, the best way to climb the leadership ladder is to help the team achieve the organisation and team goals. To act as if you are already in the leadership position you would like and influence outcomes from this perspective.

To be able to do this, you need to know where you want to go. For example, what position or role do you want?  What could you achieve in this role that would further your organisations and teams goals?  Who do you want to influence? How do you want to influence?

Now you know where you want to go, what I suggest is that you:

Become familiar with the goals of your organisation and then with the goals of your department or team from the perspective of the leaders. Really get to know the bigger picture, find out where your leader(s) are taking you.

Now consider: What do you have influence over? How can you contribute to the achievement of the bigger picture? And when have done this, where will your actions have taken you – what do you see, feel and hear when it is done?

This is your vision.

Now answer these questions: For what purpose do you want to achieve this vision and what will it give you to have done so?

And finally, what steps do you personally need to take to begin the journey towards your vision and keep going until you get there? It is important to begin taking action, no matter how small as soon as you have your vision and purpose and to do that, you need to know what actions you need to take – your goals.

  • What do you need to do?
  • What do you need to learn?
  • Find someone who has done something similar before or achieved a similar result to the one you are after. You can learn  by modelling them
  • Who can help you and support you (think colleagues, boss, mentors, friends, family)?
  • Who can you tell where you are going, why and how who absolutely believes in you?

I would love to hear some of your visions and how you have achieved them

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