Put your missions in dimensions: Leadership by Arjo Klamer

There are four dimensions in which you can articulate your missions: social, transcendental, societal and personal. In the ideal situation you determine your mission in each of these dimensions.

“It is in our human nature to want to belong somewhere.”

Most people will focus on the social: they determine goals with regard of friendship, collegiality, keeping a group together. It is in our human nature to want to stick together, to want to belong. You have to describe the qualities of the group, define your social mission. But the other dimensions are not to be discarded.

In the transcendental dimension you focus on the belief that dance is a valuable and meaningful activity in and of itself. It’s a part of our culture and civilization. It goes beyond the world of today. This is true for work too. You work for the purpose of working itself. As a leader you have to remind people of this holy grail.

Then there is the societal dimension that focuses on education, awareness. For example: it’s not just important to teach kids to dance, but it also of great societal value. In order to articulate your societal goal, ask yourself: what influence does your work have on society?

“Nothing motivates people more than appealing to their craftsmanship.”

The goal that people usually ignore is the personal goal. A great leader can identify his or her own goal and be able to articulate the goals for the people he or she is leading. It’s about making people flourish, acknowledge their craftsmanship. Nothing motivates people more than appealing to their craftsmanship.

Make sure you have the words and the conviction to articulate what you are doing it for.


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