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Great Leadership Produces Great Results. But…

by | Jul 30, 2013 | By Karin Hurt, Communication |

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.

Expect…

  • 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 helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

9 Comments

  1. Marcus Hurt

    Great post. Inspiring. You make it seem easy.

    Reply
    • letsgrowleaders

      Thanks, Marcus. Oops, didn’t mean to do that 😉 Not easy.

      Reply
  2. Bill Benoist

    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.

    Reply
    • letsgrowleaders

      Bill, AGREE! It does go both ways. It’s such an important balancing act. Thanks so much for adding to the conversation.

      Reply
  3. Jesse Lyn Stoner

    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.”

    Reply
    • letsgrowleaders

      Jesse, Thanks so much. It all starts with vision. Loved your recent post.

      Reply
  4. Sridhar Laxman

    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.

    Reply
  5. letsgrowleaders

    Sridhar, Thanks! Excellent additions. Totally agree. Consistency is key!

    Reply
  6. sue bock

    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
    http://couragetoadventure.com/blog

    Reply

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