Before you get to excited about results, remember that they can come in a myriad of ways, some desirable and some, well, not so much. Some results will last and some seem to fade as quickly as you received them and others feel like grasping after the wind.
The question I wrestle with is, what results do I really want?
I believe the results worth measuring are the people you build into. Measure if you are helping them succeed. measure if they are leading others successfully. When you evaluate them, you are evaluating yourself.
The hardest part of this is to be honest with what you see in those that you have led in the present as well as the past. How many of those men and women are still leading strong? How many are still growing? How many are still pursuing the opportunity to learn from you or others that might be ahead of them?
I consider my people as my biggest asset, largest investment and best way to tell if I am leading in the right direction. When I take the time to evaluate the results of my leadership I look at the attitude, proficiency, character and leadership skills in those under me. If they are growing and pushing themselves the rest takes care of itself.
The main focus of leadership is people and without them you are only taking a walk, so measure results worth measuring.
What do you look for when you evaluate your people?
How do you help your people develop?
2 thoughts on “Results Worth Measuring”
Hey Tim, nice post here and topic. While I was reading this the famous San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh came to mind. He’s well known for having had more future NFL coaches work under him than anyone else ever has. I think this is the mark of a great leader– someone that leaves his legacy not just through his own acts and achievements, but through the acts and achievements of others that he mentored along the way.
That is exactly right. What a great example. It begs the question for each of us – who are we mentoring? Great challenge. Thanks for the comments.