Empowerment Leadership Model for Small Groups, Teams, & Families
Course Two, Lesson 4
Defining Goals Designed to Lead to
Accomplishment of the Purpose
what the group does to get started correctly
Note: Whenever "group" or "team" is used, it can mean "group", "team", or "family".
After establishing the contract, that set of agreements with the leader and its group members, the group decides what goals will have the best chance of achieving the group purpose. Thus, the group will break the larger purpose down into goals that need to be accomplished for the purpose to be achieved.
Goals "flesh out" the purpose. Goals break down the overall purpose or mission into steps toward accomplishing the purpose. They lead to methods and activities that will reach the goals and take the group one step closer to purpose accomplishment.
Goals should be measurable, so that the group knows if it is truly moving toward accomplishment of the purpose or just spinning its wheels. When measurements are not established, activities to reach those goals may be inadequate or meaningless. What then happens is that groups decide they are successful just because they are doing something, short circuiting true progress.
Let's apply this to a group foster home that has adopted the purpose to help one another live constructively together and make consistent steps toward success. The foster home parents are the group leaders.
The boys or girls living in the foster home will have to decide what they need to do to work on their purpose. They might break it down to a few goals, such as to help everyone do their chores on time, to help everyone pass their grade in school, and to help everyone find enjoyable hobbies and activities.
Next, we will look at how the group needs to define an action plan based on the goals that will accomplish the purpose. Then the group will decide on specific actions to reach the goals.