Do Managers Need A Personal Mission Statement?



The mission of The Walt Disney Company is to be one of the world’s leading producers and providers of entertainment and information. Using our portfolio of brands to differentiate our content, services and consumer products, we seek to develop the most creative, innovative and profitable entertainment experiences and related products in the world.


Mission statements aren’t just for businesses. A personal mission statement is the explanation of who you are and the road map for who you will become. A personal mission statement is a true reflection of your authentic self.


The process of writing a personal mission statement forces you to explore your values, beliefs, dreams, and purpose in life.  As a manager, a personal mission statement is important to determine how you will lead and grow as a professional.


A personal mission statement can answer the following questions:

  • What work is important to you
  • How you want to spend your free time
  • How you operate
  • Why you do what you do
  • What is important to you
  • What the best version of you looks like
  • How you will use your skills and abilities to help others
  • The kind of people you want to be connected to
  • Your individual definition of success


Prioritization is important. A personal mission statement is valuable when identifying your goals and maintaining the motivation to achieve them. A personal mission statement also helps you creates personal boundaries so that you stay focused and on track. You can review your personal mission statement to ensure that the ways you invest your time, money, and relationships is aligned with who you are and who you want to be.  A personal mission statement should be simple, concise, easy to remember.


“To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.” -Oprah Winfrey


“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”   -Maya Angelou


Do you have a personal mission statement?

Nicki Sanders, MSW, is a travel and cupcake lover with a passion for self-discovery and career advancement. She has a strong background in developing and managing interns and successful internship programs. She is an accomplished manager, professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has packaged her Master of Social Work degree and 20 years of diverse work experience into Packaged For Success Enterprises, a full-service training and professional development company.

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