What are SMART goals?

SMART is an acronym, standing for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. It’s a framework establishing concise and actionable goals that increase your likelihood of success.

How can I assess whether my goals fit the SMART goal framework?

When determining if your objectives are supported by the SMART goal framework, consider the following:

  • Be as specific as possible when determining the desired outcome of your goal
  • Ensure you have tools and strategies for measuring the progress of your goal
  • Be sure to set goals that are reasonable, realistic, and achievable
  • Set goals that are relevant to long-term progress and success
  • Structure your goals according to a designated timeline

What are some examples of SMART goals?

Some examples of effective SMART goals include:

  • Earn at least a “B” in all my classes this semester
  • Work on my essay for one hour every day this month
  • Increase my participation this semester by raising my hand at least once during every class

Why are SMART goals important in organizational leadership?

Effectual leaders set clear and achievable goals for themselves, their teams, and their organizations. SMART goals chart a course for achieving desired outcomes, improving performance, and motivating positive change.

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