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Got Mission?

Posted in Educational Leadership, Global Education, Leadership, Learning Organization, Strategic Planning by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on August 20, 2015

got_mission_badge-r2114906e64534d7ca2d6a94aa24afca9_x7j3i_8byvr_324I am a little behind in entering my weekly posts on the weekly lessons in A Year With Peter Drucker: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness (Maciariello, 2014). This week’s entry was about developing mission statements for organizations. A good mission statement is short and focuses the attention of each member of the organization on how his or her activities fit into the overall mission of the organization. The statement tells each member what the organization is about and what it intends to do. This supports the very important concept of strategic planning as well, that every member of the organization must know his or her role in carrying out the action plan of the organization.

To that end the objective is for every person in the organization to have clear cut implications for the work they are performing. Two essential questions that Maciariello (2014) posed were: “Does your mission statement contain platitudes or is it action oriented?” and, “If adhered to will it help to fulfill your organization’s purpose?” (Maciariello, 2014, p. 270) year-with-peter-drucker

I would offer up the mission statement of our recently formed Focused Leader Academy. I blogged about this in Building the Bench! Our mission for this program is: Leadership needs to appear anywhere and anytime it is needed. That is about as action oriented as you can get. Additionally, if adhered to, having empowered teacher leaders will help us to fulfill our school’s overall mission. The key is to have a mission that is widely accepted and is operational.


Maciariello, J. A. (2014). A year with Peter Drucker: 52 weeks of coaching for leadership effectiveness. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

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