Some people seem like natural born leaders, but most of us develop into a leader. We hone our skills, learn from our mistakes, and, God willing, grow as leaders.
When I was in college, one of my professors asked me if I would teach him how to shoot a gun. He had no experience with firearms, and he wanted to learn how to safely handle a weapon and use it proficiently. The request wasn’t too strange since we had developed a close acquaintance. I was a non-traditional student, and I was also already done taking the classes from his department I needed to graduate.
I once had a boss who was known for saying, “Inspect what you expect.” I have always believed that this is a good basic approach to improving operations within your department. Before you can do any inspecting though, you must clearly define your expectations.
Several people have been attributed with saying, “A goal without a deadline is just a dream.” Does this ring true in your life? A deadline is only one aspect of goal setting though. You also need to consider what you’re trying to carry out, how you’re going to do it, and how will you know when you’ve succeeded.