To understand why your character is driven toward a certain goal, get to know their positive and negative traits, as well as any significant emotional wounds that might be motivating them. Then you can explore the various kinds of conflict that could block them as they move toward their goal.
FORMS THIS MIGHT TAKE:
Becoming a mayor, senator, premier, president, or prime minister Leading the charge for a social initiative, group, or organization Taking the lead position of a non-profit organization Being a CEO Having a role of senior leadership within a company or corporation Becoming a chief, elder, or member of a band council Being an admiral, general, or other military official Leading others in social change (arranging fundraisers, public awareness seminars, committees, demonstrations, public rallies, and events) Leading a church or religion Steering a monarchy Heading an important committee or task force responsible for the welfare of others Leading a cult or commune Leading out of necessity (in emergency situations, in the aftermath of terrorism or a natural disaster, etc.) Guiding one's neighborhood or community to become stronger and more inclusive to all Leading a minimized group to promote equity and awareness Leading a club or group involved in a specific interest or activity Leading a self-help group Being the head of a school or educational center Being the manager of an office or operator of a business Leading an army or group to rebel against oppressors or flee to safety Leading one's peers (on a team, a committee, during an important task or mission, etc.)
HUMAN NEED DRIVING THE GOAL (INNER MOTIVATION):
There are five basic human needs that, when missing from a character's life, could motivate them to pursue this goal. The following needs are all possibilities, but only one of them should be the primary driver for any given character. For more information on the relationship between human needs and outer motivations, please see this Character Motivation tutorial.
Self-Actualization: A character who is passionate about a cause (the plight of a marginalized group, an animal species nearing extinction, big business harming the environment, etc.) may choose to lead the charge to right this wrong.
Esteem and Recognition: A character looking to prove something to himself or others may be driven to step into a leadership role, especially if current leadership is absent, corrupt, or ineffective.
Love and Belonging: A deep need to belong may drive a character to prove their dedication and worth by stepping into a leadership role, furthering the goals of the group (or family, society, club, criminal organization, etc.) they are trying to join.
Safety and Security: If strong leadership is needed to prevent danger or hardship, the character may assume the role to protect their own interests and to keep loved ones safe.
Physiological Needs: When the character's access to food, shelter, clean water, or another physical need is threatened, the character may choose to step into a leadership role to prevent this from continuing, especially if no one else is willing or capable of doing so.
HOW THE CHARACTER MAY PREPARE FOR THIS GOAL:
POSSIBLE SACRIFICES OR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GOAL:
ROADBLOCKS WHICH COULD PREVENT THIS GOAL FROM BEING ACHIEVED:
TALENTS & SKILLS THAT WILL HELP THE CHARACTER ACHIEVE THIS GOAL: