Monday, 28 July 2008

Leadership II

There are a number of ways to measure the effectiveness of leadership in business. Many experienced business people will tell you that the ultimate measures for leadership success can be found on a balance sheet [profit/loss, resources, people, etc]. Such measures are not up for argument in this post but the fact there is more to successful leadership than a balance sheet can measure is.

The most impressive leaders I have encountered not only pass the balance sheet test, they also approach leadership as an opportunity to create value. Value to customers, value to staff, value to communities and value to themselves. Such leaders are successful in their business objectives but they are also successful personally. In other words, they know why they are in their job and why it is meaningful to them.

Who are the best leaders you have worked with and why? What singled them out in your opinion and how did they contribute to your career? Like all of the subjects discussed on this blog, the conversation on leadership is an open one! 

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