The purpose of writing a vision and mission statement is to make you think about what you want to achieve in your career, and what kind of project manager and leader you want to become. This is important if you want to be successful, as you can only reach your goals when you know what they look like. So why not write your own vision and mission statement? It will help you focus on, and achieve, the things you really want.
A vision and mission statement encapsulates – in just one paragraph – what you would like to be, do, and have – and it defines what success and excellence look like to you. The statement should reflect your values, vision, goals, and purpose – and it’s important that you feel excited and inspired by it. When you read it aloud, it should make you feel good and compelled to live by it – for instance;
“My vision is to be honest and empathetic towards others and to build my reputation based on performance. I am committed to growing as a leader and to deliver value-added projects to the end users. My mission is to create and lead a dream team where everyone is playing to their strengths.”
A vision and mission statement encapsulates the essence of what you want to achieve and how you want to present yourself. It states your intentions, summarizes your values, and demonstrates your commitment to living up to these values.
Follow these 3 steps to compose your own vision and mission statement:
- Step 1: Answer the following questions as honestly as you can.
- Which personal qualities do you most want to emphasize?
- How can you use and display these qualities in a working environment?
- What are the most important values you want to express at work?
Step 2: Visualize yourself five years from now.
- Imagine that you are managing and leading the project of your dreams. Envision that everything is exactly the way you want it to be: the type of project you are running, the industry it is in, its size and complexity, the people involved, and your own capabilities as a project manager. Imagine that you are every bit as successful as you want to be. Feel it and see it.
- Draw a picture of yourself and your surroundings five years from now. Draw the things you see, feel, and hear. Use as many colors as you want.
- Keep imagining yourself in the future, and be as specific as possible in your observations. Where exactly are you? What are you doing? Who are you talking to? What does the project look like? How big is it? How complex is it? How are you feeling? Why do you want to be exactly where you are?
Step 3: Sum up your vision and mission.
- How would you sum up your vision and mission as a project leader? What are the things you ultimately want to achieve? Who do you want to be? What do you want to do?
- What will need to happen in order for you to feel proud of your progress as a project manager in five years’ time?
- Write your own vision and mission statement. Remember that above all, you must feel excited and inspired by it.
Susanne Madsen is a project program manager, mentor coach, and author of The Project Management Coaching Workbook. She has over 15 years experience in managing and rolling out large change programs. You can read more from Susanne on her blog.
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