Today’s guest post comes from Timothy Morris, who blogs at Intentional Influence. Tim is a former Marine, a husband, and a dad. He loves to travel and plans to start an online business, write, and speak about leadership topics. He has a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. You can follow Tim on Twitter @RustyTim.
Before you get too excited about results, remember that they can come in myriad 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 my biggest asset, largest investment, and the 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?
This was originally posted at Mountain State University LeaderTalk and is reposted with permission.
I am the founder/CEO of the Weaving Influence team, the author of Reach: Creating the Biggest Possible Audience for Your Message, Book, or Cause, and the host of the Book Marketing Action Podcast. I’m a wife and mom of three kids, and I enjoy running, reading, writing, coffee, and dark chocolate.