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How Different Leaders Set Goals

How Different Leaders Set Goals
2 min read Understanding which leadership style works best for you is vital in reaching success. However, when it comes to goal setting, there are certain things that will help anyone in reaching his or her goals.


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Leadership and goals setting

There are many different leaders, with different goal setting styles.

Understanding which leadership style works best for you is vital in reaching success. However, when it comes to goal setting, there are certain things that will help anyone in reaching his or her goals.




Autocratic leader

Autocratic leader

Interests: Making decisions by themselves, not listening to others, trusting gut feeling. Very little flexibility.

Style: Setting goals they feel are right. Demanding people to meet them.

Example: Donald J Trump.



The Visionary Leader

The Visionary Leader

Interests: Big ideas that change the world. Communicating more. May have trouble executing the ideas.

Style: Setting amibitious long term goals in collaboration with others. Goals are often not met.

Example: Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX.



Democratic leader

Democratic leader

Interests: Listening to others to get a lot of input and allow poeple to feel involved.

Style: Setting goals that take into account a lot of different ideas. using methodologies like OKRs.

Example: Carlos Ghoson, CEO of Renault.



Charismatic leader

Charismatic leader

Interests: Convincing people to follow your beliefs and believe in you. Making sure everyone shares your ambition and vision.

Style: Setting ambitious long term goal and spending a lot of time making sure people are engaged in achieving them.

Example: President John F Kennedy.



The Coach

The Coach

Interests: Spending a lot of time on teaching and improving people. Believes that a team is only as good as its people and the leader's role is to bring out potential of others.

Style: Personal goals are set to both improve the organization and to improve the people. People are encouraged to improve their skills.

Example: Nelson Mandela.





Any goal or project will usually have these basic qualities:

  • A general ambition or motivation. (e.g. learn French)
  • A specific target. (e.g.  speak fluently)

Goals To Start In The Middle

When a goal has high uncertainty as to what level is achievable to reach within a particular time-frame, it is better to set specific targets in the middle of the process.

Plan your goals with the variables you do have: overall direction, time-frame, level of effort and strategies.

Reasons To Postpone Goal-Setting

  • Uncertain goals should be set in the middle. This will enable you to set the correct challenge level to maximize effort.
  • Some research shows that for very complex tasks, goal-setting can hinder effectiveness. This is because complex tasks are cognitively demanding in the beginning and can be frustrating because you can't perform adequately. To add on more tasks can impair your performance.

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Your approach to meditation

There is not a right or wrong way when seeking a meditation style. Do remember that influences have an impact on you that will affect your approach to meditation.

Types of meditation

There are many different meditation styles to suit your personal approach to meditation. Beginners usually choose to start with guided meditation and then experiment with other different approaches.

Length of meditation time

The length of meditation will impact on how successful it will be.

  • One study reported 5 hours' worth of meditation over a two-week period was enough for smokers to reduce their intake.
  • Another study noted that regular 30 minutes meditation sessions can increase the density of brain matter in areas associated with memory, stress and empathy.

Goal setting

Goal setting

Is the act of selecting a target or objective you wish to achieve.

Goal setting is not only about choosing the rewards you want to enjoy, but also the costs you are willing to pay t...

The Rudders and Oars Metaphor

It helps clarify the difference between SYSTEMS and GOALS:
  • Your goals are like the rudder on a small rowboat. They set the direction and determine where you go. 
  • If you commit to one goal, then the rudder stays put and you continue moving forward. 
  • If you flip-flop between goals, then the rudder moves all around and it is easy to find yourself rowing in circles.
  • If the rudder is your goal, then the oars are your process for achieving it. While the rudder determines your direction, it is the oars that determine your progress.

Example: If you’re a writer, your goal is to write a book. Your system is the writing schedule that you follow each week.

How to Set Goals You'll Actually Follow

  1. Ruthlessly Eliminate Your Goals. Consistently prune and trim down your goals. If you can muster the courage to prune away a few of your goals, then you create the space you need for the remaining goals to fully blossom.
  2. Stack Your Goals. Make a specific plan for when, where and how you will perform this."Networking: After I return from my lunch break, I will send one email to someone I want to meet."
  3. Set an Upper Bound. Don't focus on the minimum threshold. Instead of saying,  “I want to make at least 10 sales calls today.” rather say, “I want to make at least 10 sales calls today, but not more than 20.”