When it comes to achieving our New Years resolutions the statistics are pretty dismal. Research from the University of Scranton as published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that only 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Year resolutions. Similar research conducted by Psychology Professor Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire found that only 12% of people actually achieved their New Year resolutions. Given such low levels of success you may be tempted to conclude that goal setting doesn’t work!
A useful framework to assist leaders in identifying where leadership is working well and what needs to change to improve our leadership effectiveness is the DAC Leadership Framework. The framework is from the work of Drath, et el. (2008) as discussed in their Leadership Quarterly article, “Direction, alignment, commitment: Toward a more integrative ontology of leadership” . In the article the authors propose an leadership framework comprising of the following three key leadership outcomes:
The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) published an interesting article “Everyday Leaders, Everyday Leadership ” discussing research they conducted into the lives of everyday leaders, people in home schools and communities. André Martin from CCL describing everyday leadership says:
“At CCL, we define leadership in terms of tasks, rather than role or position ….. Leaders are people who, in connection with others, accomplish the tasks of setting direction, building commitment and creating alignment.”