Leadership Lesson #23: Staying True to the Mission

The simplest definition of leadership is influencing others to do something while working towards a common goal or agenda. In 2022, I’m focusing on becoming a better leader in all areas of my life. As I grow, I’m sharing lessons and stories along the way. Thanks for tuning in and I hope something I share resonates with you in your leadership (influence) journey. 

One of the most difficult tasks for leaders is to stay true to the mission. There are so many distractions along the journey that attempt to pull us off course. It’s like going to the mall for one or two specific items, but purchasing ten things—half of which we didn’t need. Being disciplined and focused enough to recognize the distractions and avoid them is a key lesson. 

Have you ever designed a clear plan of action to accomplish a goal only to realize a month into it that you have already veered from the plan for no apparent reason?  Have others’ opinions filtered into your thoughts and prevented you from moving forward? Have you been enticed by another organization’s mission and tried to duplicate it? Have you ever faced adversity and changed courses to avoid conflict? 

In order to stay on course and true to the mission, set out with the end in mind. Have a clear vision and direction for how to get there. Put accountability measures in place to make sure you’re tracking your progress. Be ready to cheer yourself and your team on. Be patient and allow the process to work. 

~Coletta Jones Patterson

Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. She hosts a beyond stuck podcast and has written seven inspirational books. Connect with Coletta at info@moveu4ward.com. 

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