1.They define their mission with clarity. The biggest challenge facing many leaders is lack of clarity of their vision. Clarity is the ability of a leader to state clearly the desired future they envision and what it will take to get there. Many leaders only seem to have a glimpse of what they intend to do in the future, but the clarity of the purpose remains vague to them and their followers.
2.They convert their mission into strategy. The strategy of a leader outlines the various actions they have drafted to enable them to achieve their goals in the years ahead. These strategies can be divided into short, medium and long term.
3.They define strategy in quantitative terms. Strategies are not only stated in qualitative but also in quantitative terms to enhance evaluation. These actions can be evaluated in percentages, frequencies or other analytical variables to facilitate modelling, estimation and ranking of results.
4.They predefine what success means and what it looks like. Leaders in the process of planning defined what success will look like when they get there. To them, success can be defined by milestone, program development, project completion or actions taken towards the achievement of a target.
5.They break strategies into targets. Essentially, strategies are plans that cuts across several months and phases. To ensure evaluation, these strategies are broken into targets with defined timeframes regarded as deliverables.
6.They set and communicate target to team members. A target has no meaning if it is not assigned to an individual who becomes the accountable officer. When targets are assigned to different members of a team, their value contribution can be determined by their task accomplishments or performance.
7.They conduct periodic evaluation assessment to measure performance. To convert their mission to metrics, leaders conduct periodic evaluation of team members’ performances. The evaluation examines their task, target, results and accomplishments for proper ranking and placement.
8.They benchmark what was achieved against success. Evaluation process is incomplete until achievement is benchmarked against target to determine the rate and level of success.
9.They publish performance based on key indicators. Leaders publish their members performance based on key performance indicators.