Companies, organizations, schools and other groups, committees and individuals use a broad range of information, formats and styles in their mission statements to set forth their goals. Mission statements can also tell the types of services, products and help which can be expected from the group.
Formulating a Mission Statement
Mission statements can be quite lengthy, or they can be a simple sentence or two.
Here are some mission statements from various organizations, groups and individuals, both full statements as well as some quotations:
- "I plan to contribute to the graduate program by focusing my research on Oscar Wilde's literature and working closely with a professional in that field."
- "I plan to contribute to the volunteer organization by spending four hours each Saturday donating my time and by proposing new ideas to the organization's leaders."
- "I pledge to offer the highest quality of leadership, the greatest level of expertise, and tireless dedication to the cause if I am chosen for this position."
- "My goal is to lose 20 pounds over the next three months. I will take every effort necessary to ensure that I meet and, if possible, exceed my goal by making lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet and exercising daily."
- "I will coach this team with integrity and honor. I will expect of my players no more and no less than I would expect from myself. I will dedicate myself to giving us the best possible chance of being winners whether we're on the field or off."
- "I will contribute positively to this community by cleaning up trash at the park, and by teaching others the importance of environmental care."
Mission statements then can be for the largest of organizations and for the smallest. Groups such as non-profits and education providers can form mission statements to make their purposes clear. Individuals can write mission statements for college admissions essays or for job applications.