Getting the Right Goals

Quote of the Week

“The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals.”
Rensis Likert

Getting the Right Goals

by Tom Marshall

“In considering the question of goals, it is important for leaders to understand that it is not just any goal that will do, nor any goal that is compelling or exciting or appealing to the leaders. It is not merely a matter of getting the goals right, it is also getting the right goals – goals that are

  1. right for the organization
  2. right for the time

For that to be, there must be a certain congruence, compatibility, or resonance between the goals that are chosen and the aspirations, desires, or motivations of the people. If the goal does not strike a chord in the hearts of the people, they simply will not follow, and leaders without followers cease to be leaders (Marshall, 2003, p. 25).”

Reference: Marshall, T. (2003). Understanding leadership. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call to Action

It’s that time of year to start thinking about your goals for 2010. Remember to include the perspective of those who are impacted by the goals you set.

Next week, I’ll be providing you forms to capture your accomplishments for 2009 and your goals for 2010.