How do you measure your leadership success? Is it money, promotions, happiness, raising a family, changing the world, or advancing your career or giving back in your community? This question has grown complicated over the years for many to define. A leader’s success is measured by the complete body of work in life. It’s not just one aspect, it’s the entire picture.
In the past, a leader’s success has been associated with money and power. The more you have, the more successful you are. This false idea of success. Consider how many people do you know that have money and power that are also happy, and ethical? Sure, there are a few – but really how many would consider to be truly happy? Most of us support free enterprise, it’s important we things into perspective. There are many people who are successful but not wealthy. Many view success through a lens that balances their professional, personal and spiritual lives. A leader’s success is earned and their impact is timeless.
What recent history of economics has taught us is that greed, selfishness and short-sighted leadership is sustainable. In today’s global marketplace, we require better judgment from our leaders. Consider hundreds of decisions leaders make each day. Every decisions will ultimately define their body of work. Those unsuccessful leaders among us will make decisions without thinking through the consequences and they may never consider how their decisions will reverberate throughout their professional, personal and spiritual lives. A successful leader will always be aware of how their decisions will impact their body of work and the purpose they serve. Which one are you?
The journey of leadership success starts with figuring out what matters most to you and then doing something to advance that goal each and every day. It’s about focusing on the body of work that you are creating and making sure that it represents your leadership style and the outcomes you seek.
It’s easy to fall into the pitfall of to be a leader of what others want you to be, rather than doing the harder work of setting goals that put you on the path to success. This is where so many leaders fall off the track. Yes, they be financially well-off but they aren’t connected with those around them. I’ve met some of these leaders and they are the most single-minded and shallow among the ranks of leaders. They’re insensitive, selfish and insecure. They tie their to their company and title. Their whole focus is only on recognition, salary. They are selfish leaders and believe that they have all of the answers. Sure, they claim to see the bigger picture, but they miss what matters most – the people that have made them successful.