My mission statement grew from a leadership program conducted by Dr Colin Moyle of Deakin University (Geelong, Victoria, Australia) in the early 1980’s. Dr Moyle in emphasising the importance of direction and surety of track through life challenged us each to develop a mission statement of 25 words or less. I gave this a lot of thought and developed the following:

To fulfil and be fulfilled in organisational mode – family, work, recreation;

To acquit my responsibilities with integrity;

To work with a smile in my heart.

This statement was and is at the base of all my emails and on the reverse of my business card. it has for me been a reminder, guidance and a focus.

Do others have statements of mission or purpose? I would strongly suggest that all educators consider developing a succinct but strong statement of mission or purpose

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