Do you understand what you want?
How would you respond if someone asked you “do you understand what you want?” Seems like a simple question doesn’t it? I believe it is probably the most important and meaningful question a leader can ask his or herself. And I believe it is probably the most important and meaningful question a leader can ask of those he or she leads.
Without an answer to the question “do you understand what you want?” we don’t move towards what is important. We won’t set purposeful goals, we won’t create solid visions, we won’t make good use of our time – ultimately we won’t be very productive. While you may be plenty busy; being busy and being productive are two different things.
It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are you busy about? ~Henry David Thoreau
Being clear in what you want will steer your vision, fuel your passion and ultimately drive your execution. Once you understand what you want you are prepared to outline the steps to getting there. When you understand what you want your motivation will increase and you are less likely to procrastinate.
To understand what you want requires that you as a leader strive every day for greater clarity around what goals are most meaningful for you, the team and/or organization. It also requires you to assist those you lead to have greater clarity as well.
Do you understand what you want? Why is this question so difficult for some? What have you seen from experience when a leader isn’t clear in an answer to this question? Please comment below. Thanks!
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