What Is the Vision for Your Social Work Leadership Career?



  • Do you have a goal to get promoted to senior leadership in the next 6 months?
  • Do you have a goal of earning $125,000 in 2023?
  • Do you have a goal of enrolling in a DSW program next fall?

Goals are essential for personal and professional development and career success. Goals are a road map. The power of writing your goals down is that it helps you to see where you are going if any changes need to be made, and if you are moving in the right direction toward what you want to achieve.

But what about vision?

What is the vision that you have for your social work leadership career?

Both goals and visions guide your focus. A goal is set as a specific target action that moves you toward your vision. Vision utilizes your imagination. A vision is a clear image of how you see your future. Vision is aligned with your deepest beliefs, values, and priorities. Your vision is your desired future – what you want to become or create.

The primary difference between visions and goals is action. Your vision is your what and why with strong feelings/emotions attached to it. Your goals are thoughts with the when, where, and how activities that accompany them.

Goals are action-oriented, the tasks needed to produce results. Goals are a means to an end and your vision is an end in itself. The goals you set are aligned with the vision you want for yourself. Goals are the actions you take to make your vision come to life. You can think of your vision as the destination and your goals as the journey to arrive at your intended destination.

Having trouble determining the overall vision for your social work career?

Schedule a free 15-minute consultation if you are interested in social work career coaching.

I have opened my schedule for additional career coaching and leadership consulting clients. I am also available for paid speaking engagements, professional development training, and workshop and focus group facilitation. Check me out on LinkedIn.




Nicki Sanders, MSW, ushers high-performing women of color in mid-level social work and human services leadership through promotion to senior leadership. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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