What is you mission? Do you know what is your purpose or calling? Have you taken the time to determine what you are called to do and how you will measure your success? As humans we have the opportunity to determine what we will do and how we will do it. We can choose to live a life with a purpose, to pursue a mission. If you are a leader knowing your mission is critical to the success of your team. A vision alone will not create success for you or your team.
When you share your vision as a leader you are creating a picture of success for your team. By taking it one step further and sharing a mission statement you give your team a framework that defines how they will help create that success. The mission is task oriented and so is action oriented. This gives your team the start of a road map to reach success. The mission statement becomes a compass and helps determine direction for your activities and those of your team.
A mission statement clearly identifies your purpose and identifies measures of success. It provides a simple and easy message of the primary objective for you and your team. A well done mission statement sets the stage for setting goals throughout an organization. Aligning individual, department, and corporate goals with the mission allows everyone to understand how they connect to the bigger picture of what is to be done. That alignment helps with engagement because people know how they are contributing to the overall mission.
Missions are translated a series of tasks or activities to reach the goal specified in the mission statement. This translation helps break down the mission into actionable steps people can take to reach the goal. The goal is often tied to the vision which defines the purpose in terms of values. The vision is often a statement of the experience people will have with an organization and may be directed to external customers or shareholders. The mission defines how the internal team will bring the vision to life.
So as a leader you need to create a vision of the future for your team and to help guide them on their journey to success you need to give them a mission as well. The mission statement can become the rallying point for team efforts which creates momentum and success. Share your vision and mission often with your team so they know where they are going and how they will get there. Keep your mission fresh and consistent with your current situation. Make changes if needed to adapt to new opportunities.
As 2014 approaches take time to review your personal mission and your organization’s mission. Is your purpose clearly defined and aligned with your current circumstances? Start planning for how you will accomplish this mission in 2014 so you can hit the ground running as the new year begins.
To explore more about Leadership and Mission join me as I co-host the Lead With Giants TweetChat with Dan Forbes on Monday December 16th at 7:00 pm (#leadwithgiants). We would love have you share your ideas and thoughts around this topic.