Dreams Or Short Term Goals? What does a Leader Need?

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The most outstanding leaders have always recognized that efficient leadership is a process that requires vision, patience, dreams, understanding, and goals. You must also take these items to fruition by building an action plan and a detailed, detailed specific that addresses steps to be taken, by whom, and when. No action plan is ever flourishing without a timeline. It is necessary to recognize that it the responsibility of a leader to efficiently take care of current needs and conditions (and thus establish short-term goals) while keeping an eye on the future needs and ramifications. Leaders who only think about the here often become little more than caretakers and are more realistically crisis managers than influential leaders.

On the other hand, if some in a leadership position forget about the present because of their focus on the future, an organization often goes through, at least in the short term, trying and difficult times because this type of behavior usually turns off the present members and supporters. True leadership entails taking care of the present while always considering the future and doing whatever is necessary to evolve the organization to be more receptive, relevant, and member-friendly. 

Everyone in a leadership position, at some point, faces specific challenges, adversities, and obstacles that impact their administration and its tenure. Does the leader look at the big picture or focus on what she sees as a problem or potential problem? Does the situation quickly remedy the situation to permit her to pursue the bigger picture, or does she ignores the situation and neglect its potential ramifications? In other words, is the leader willing to balance present personal needs with long-term goals?

What are a few short terms goals that might be relevant? These include 

  1. fiscal difficulties; 
  2. lack of direction; 
  3. The dearth of leadership; 
  4.  Membership issues.
  5. Failing relevancy of the organization;

Some practical, essential, and viable goals that might address these types of issues include

  1. enhanced communication, including effective listening; 
  2. leadership training, including identification, 
  3. Qualification and training techniques, etc.
  4. Zero-based budgeting; 
  5. strategic planning;

Does the leader stare at things with a positive can-do attitude or adopt a defeatist type of behavior and attitude? Does the leader pursue discussing the most fundamental short-term goals immediately, always keeping an eye on the critical dreams and vision of the future? Does the organization focus on its mission and make evolutionary tweaks to improve relevance. Effective leadership only happens when those in charge of groups realize that they must pay close attention to the present (and not ignore present needs) while seeking future dreams!

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