There are many definitions and degrees of leadership. As I read John Maxwell to Jim Collins and many others, I feel like I’ve jumped into a kid’s playground pools filled with colourful balls. It’s a blast at first! Then I’m told to start juggling.
Delegation, empowerment, vision, strategy, governance, accountability, clarity, … these are just a few “hot topics” we could spend a year attempting to implement to become a better leader. But why? When it all boils down what is the foundation of the effective leader?
Results. The foundation for effective leadership is the ability to get results. Regardless of your context: church, community, or corporation, achieving results is the end goal of leadership.
The challenge is we do one or all of the following instead:
1. We confuse results with activity. Because results can be hard to measure at times, we default to measure our production. How many meetings, how many hours, how much money, etc. This is a tragic mistake and a costly as we can spend years thinking we’re hitting our goals when they’re no where in sight.
2. We believe results are a one-time target. We buy into a ‘fix-it’ mindset, where by results are to get an organization from “here” to “there” without paying attention to what’s after “there”. We fail to acknowledge that our results today are our problems tomorrow.
3. We have no idea what results we’re shooting for. Someone said, “If you don’t know what to do you’ll do what you know.” If we do not agree on the target, we’ll all shoot our arrows and then complain the other persons is so far away (hint: they’re thinking the same thing about yours!). Without clarity, communication, and consensus of target we’ll just assume everyone knows where the target is.