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The concepts “Goals” and “Objectives” are related and yet, different.  Some management academics would say that the difference between goals and objectives is that a goal is a description of a destination while an objective is a measure of the progress that is needed to get to the destination.

The table below shows some differences between goals and objectives.

GoalsObjectives
1.Broad in ScopeNarrow in Scope
2.General intention or directionSpecific or precise in nature
3.The endThe means to an end
4.Long termShort term
5.AbstractSolid or concrete
6.Cannot be easily measured
or validated
Can be easily measured
or validated

Example of a Goal:

  • I want to be the overall best JSS 2 student in my school at the end of the session.

Example of an Objective:

  • I want to get all A’s in my result this term.

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