Great Leadership Produces Great Results. But…

Great leadership produces great results. But, sometimes leadership qualities that should work, don’t.

 “Good” leaders with weak results,

  • spend so much time on people, they forget about the plan
  • are over-using positive strengths
  • worry too much about being liked
  • give up too soon, and revert to command and control
  • (what would you add?)

I want you to lead with compassion, empathy, transparency and love. I want every human being you touch to be better because you led them. But, that’s not enough.

4 Signs of Great Results

Results make your brand and impact your team’s reputation. Great results are more than graphs trending in the right direction. Build results that meet these criteria.

  1. Make a DifferenceCreate an inspired vision. Find the sweet spot between passion and purpose. Pick projects that matter to you and the company. If you’ve got 10 priorities, nail the ones with the biggest impact. Create change. Turnaround problems. Leave positive footprints wherever you lead. When you start a new job, identify what you want the team to be known for, and lead toward that legacy.
  2. Can Be Replicated – Results that can’t be replicated are luck. Understand your success. Isolate the variables. Share your secrets and teach your approach to others. A helpful post, Unintended Consequences: Fix This, Break That.
  3. They Last – The true sign of leadership is what happens when you walk away. Teach while you lead. Build confidence and competence. Establish a vision that outlasts your leadership. Build passion and engagement. Get specific about needed behaviors, and develop them. Adjust as needed. Create interdependent success. Leave a remarkable successor.
  4. You Can Explain Them – Identify the most important metrics and understand the trends. Isolate and correlate the variables. Get good at powerpoint, and positioning your story. Teach your team to talk to executives. Some posts that will help: Teaching Your Team Executive Presence  and Teaching Your Team to Talk Strategy

Side Effects of Great Results

Lead well, with great results and you’ll be unstoppable.


  • greater responsibility and broader influence
  • freedom to lead creatively
  • top talent looking to work with you
  • satisfaction
  • fun

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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt, is CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and a former Verizon Wireless executive. Karin was named on Inc.’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, the American Management Association List of 50 Leaders to Watch, and as a Trust Across America Top Thought Leader in Trust. She’s the award-winning author of two books, Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results— Without Losing Your Soul, and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss. She’s regularly featured in business publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Inc.


  1. Hi Karin,

    You always have great stuff and this post was no exception 🙂

    You wrote,
    “good leaders with weak results will spend so much time on people, they forget about the plan.”

    For me, that is the difference between tactical leadership and strategic leadership. However, I do think it could go the other way too. Good leaders with weak results will spend so much time on the plan, they forget about the people. It may not be 50:50 – in fact, it may be 80:20, but somewhere there has to be a balance between tactical and strategic leadership.

  2. Excellent criteria, Karin. They help you maintain a big picture view to get the results you desire. Looking forward to your next post. Love this thought: “Be tough on results, gentle on people.”

  3. Karin
    Thank you for the rich perspectives. Another insightful post. Trying to add too much value
    (linked to being liked) as well as sending mixed signals( disapproving with one and tolerating it with another) are other factors that could lead to weak results.

  4. I agree with Jesse, Bill, and Marcus. I’d like to add another weak result…striving for perfection. As all of us know here, perfection sets you up for failure. If you are willing, I’d also would like to propose a change one word in the post; the word expect. I’d love to see it changed to intend or plan. When you have expectations, you also set yourself up for failure.

    “Side Effects of Great Results Lead well, with great results and you’ll be unstoppable.” BTW, love the phrase side effects

    Sue Bock

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