Developing Your Mission as Leader

Part of the Leadership For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Once you've established a goal, your mission is the plan of action for you and your team to reach that goal. Use these guidelines to help lead and attain your mission:

  • Don’t take an untakeable hill. The cost is too high.

  • Approach your mission incrementally. Do many small things well, and you’ll have a big success.

  • Bring your group into mission development and planning at an early stage. Listen to what they have to say, and make the modifications you need at the start.

  • Work to get ownership of the mission from everyone in the group. Your followers are going to do the heavy lifting, so they have to know what they’re in for.

  • Make certain that you have a “point of no return.” If the mission is not going well, know how far you can go and still regroup. You’re not General Custer, and leading shouldn’t be the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

  • Lead people; manage events. Keep your troops motivated.

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