This will be part two of my blog about how Steven R. Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People can apply to organizational leaders.
Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind
To begin with the end in mind mean that any time we set a goal for ourselves, we must be able to paint a clear picture of what we want the end result to look like and decide how we want to get there. The left side of our brain presides over logical and verbal functions, while the right side of our brain is more creative and intuitive. It’s important for us to utilize our right brain capacity because the right brain gives us the ability to visualize and create a holistic image of the end results. To apply this principle as an individual, try to visualize your wedding, your 25th and 50th anniversaries, your retirement, and even your death. What would you imagine they look like? And how do you want others to think of you during these defining moments? After visualizing these events, now it’s time to think about what you need to do to get there.
It’s all about being able to set long-term goals and attain them. Before we step into a leadership role, we must be able to ask ourselves “What do I want others to think of me as a leader?” and “How do I get there?” To become an organizational leader is a big commitment, and one that demands a lot of our time and attention. To become a successful leader, we must ask ourselves these questions and answer them honestly. So what does it mean to “begin with the end in mind” in terms of the organization? The same steps apply. For an organization, it’s more than just developing financial plans, it’s about the ability to execute goals with measurable results. We have to ask ourselves, within our organizations, questions like “Where are we now?” “Where do we want to be?” “How do we get there?” Regardless of whether it’s the individual or the collective group, an integral part of personal and organizational success starts with our abilities to “begin with the end in mind.”
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