Good goals are one of the most important things for effective leadership. To understand this, we need a brief excursion into the (in)depths of human existence.

Life is short.

We won't get out of here alive.

That is why it is so important to have a cause and to pursue it. The focus on safety and consistency makes people ill. Because we can't win this game. See 1. and 2.

Focusing on finding out what is important to you and living for it makes you healthy. Not forever. But a full life. Therefore:

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Team up with people who want something similar.

We have been working for around eleven years of our lives. It is healthy to use this time for something that is important to you.

Together we can achieve things that we would not be able to do alone. That's what companies are there for. Companies help people. Not the other way round.

This leads to the main task of effective leadership, which can be summarised in one sentence:

Balancing the concerns of the organisation and the concerns of the employees.

This is an ongoing process. As a manager, I naturally look after the interests of the company. At the same time, I also know that if people withdraw their interests too much, the result is indifference, resignation and quiet quitting. It is therefore not a luxury problem, but the most central concern to constantly work out how the different needs can be well balanced.


For the mind, finiteness is an imposition. That's why he seeks distraction:

  • he optimises wages as if money were important at the end of life. At the end of life, it is important to look back and say: "Yes, I spent my life doing the right thing."
  • He is captivated by luxury, comfort, status and security. It all has a similar effect to sugar: intoxicating in the short term, harmful in the medium term.
  • Far too many managers and employees stray around these supposed goals like gnats around a lamppost - and waste valuable time


This text is strongly influenced by the thinking of Gerald Hüther (concern)