Score More in 2024: 24 Innovative Leadership Goals for the New Year

Kickstart 2024 with 24 innovative leadership goals! From enhancing feedback systems to investing in AI strategy, discover metrics-driven objectives for effective people management. Perfect for leaders seeking impactful change.
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It’s the new year and you need new goals. Here are 24 innovative leadership goals for the new year – including metrics to measure your progress….

  1. Enhance Feedback Systems: Create a more robust feedback system for stakeholders to let you and peers know what’s working and what needs improvement.

    Measurement: Percentage of stakeholders providing feedback.

  2. Create Succession Plans: Break the cycle of chaos. Succession plans prepare your team for the inevitable people changes. Done right, they also bolster leadership development.

    Measurement: Percentage of people leaders with defined plans.

  3. Implement Mentoring Program: Develop a mentoring program for the company. Think your organization is too small? Partner with other organizations.

    Measurement: Percentage of participating employees.

  4. Define Leadership Model: Document what leadership means at your company. Set clear expectations of people leaders while boosting your culture.

    Measurement: Portion of model completed.

  5. Invest in Leadership Development: Studies prove amazing ROI for leadership development programs. Stop procrastinating and start developing your people leaders.

    Measurement: ROI, Productivity, Participant percentage….

  6. Boost Employee Health: A healthy staff is a happy staff. Implement employee wellness programs, especially those focused on mental health.

    Measurement: Percentage of health risk assessments completed.

  7. Get Real About Diversity and Inclusion: Be honest, are your DEI&A programs simply checking the box? Get serious about it this year. Ensure you and the team have diverse inputs for news, media, and research. Face the hard numbers.

    Measurement: DEI composition vs. community and industry.

  8. Improve Remote Relationships: Identify challenges faced by remote employees and partners. Create solutions and implement office hours for them to give feedback or pop-in virtually.

    Measurement: Remote team engagement levels.

  9. Support Work-Life Alignment: Work-Life Balance is outdated. Focus instead on alignment. Do you and the team bring their whole self to work? How can you ensure the team has such an alignment

    Measurement: Employee engagement scores.

  10. Implement Agile Practices: Popular in IT circles, more businesses are implementing Agile business practices. How can you leverage this growing trend for greater expediency?

    Measurement: Percentage of successful projects applying Agile methods.

  11. Formalize Sustainability: New laws this year require certain businesses to report their level of pollution. Don’t wait for legal obligation to hit your company. Formalize sustainability now.

    Measurement: Energy, water, or plastic reduction levels.

  12. Get Personality Assessments: When was the last time the team completed a MYBTI, DiSC, or similar personality assessment workshop? Never?! Get on it – you can thank me later.

    Measurement: Percentage of employees with completed assessments.

  13. Shift to Strengths: The Clifton Strengths Finder points out our tendency to focus too much on fixing weaknesses. A better approach is building upon our strengths. Embed this thinking in your organization.

    Measurement: Percentage of employees completing the Strengths Finder.

  14. Competitive Assessment: When was the last time you took a unique look at your competition? We all have competitors. If we’re not aware of the marketplace, we could quickly be replaced.

    Measurement: Number of competitors identified and assessed.

  15. Invest in Client Relationships: Would your clients consider your working relationship strong or weak? What can you do to bolster those relationships that are weak?

    Measurement: Client engagement surveys.

  16. Boost Morale: Does the team feel less engaged or down? Increase morale through great engagement and opportunities.

    Measurement: Employee engagement surveys.

  17. Increase Innovation: Develop programs like hackathons, innovation days, and community support projects that help team members think outside of the box.

    Measurement: Percentage of new initiatives by front-line employees.

  18. Bolster Thought Leadership: Establish a newsletter, blog, speaker series, lunch-and-learn or similar program to promote thought leadership by yourself and the team.

    Measurement: Percentage of employees delivering or participating in the program.

  19. Metrics, Metrics, Metrics: You cannot manage what you cannot measure. Establish a framework for all key goals that includes both Critical Success Factors (CSFs) and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Check out Net Promoter Scores.

    Measurement: Percent of goals with clearly defined CSFs and KPIs.

  20. Create AI Strategy: People will not be replaced by AI. However, people who do not use AI will be replaced by those who do. How do you and the team plan to leverage Artificial Intelligence in the year ahead? Consider our course.

    Measurement: Number of projects leveraging AI capabilities by year end.

  21. Break Bad Boss Behaviors™: Most of us know the bad behaviors prevalent in our teams. We promote that which we permit. Make this the year you tackle the worst offenders.

    Measurement: Employee engagement survey.

  22. Increase Transparency: Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Commit to sharing with the team all you can about decisions. When you cannot, tell them you wish you could, but there are some things you cannot share.

    Measurement: Employee trust scores.

  23. Introduce Servant Leadership: All great leadership is servant leadership, after all, if you’re not serving others, you are self serving. Introduce your employees to this concept and formalize training on it. Consider our course.

    Measurement: Percentage of people leaders completing servant leadership training.

  24. Find Your Purpose: The best leaders first find their life’s purpose. Then, their leadership flows naturally from their conviction. If you’re in a leadership role but it feels like a job, you’ll never be as great of a leader as in a role that aligns with your purpose. Find your purpose.

    Measurement: Your happiness and success.

There you have it! 24 innovative leadership goals for the new year. If you could use help developing or implementing these goals for yourself or your organization, please, contact us. We’d love to help.

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Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder and principal of Modern Servant Leader and Radiant Forest, LLC. He has studied and promoted servant leadership awareness and adoption for over 20 years. He is the author of 2 leadership books and has 2 decades of corporate management and leadership experience. His corporate experience spans CIO, VP, Director, and many management roles at Fortune 500, INC 500, and Nonprofits. Ben’s education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Ben's Full Profile Here: About Ben Lichtenwalner

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