All results are not the same, there are standard results and deep results. Know and apply the difference and you can materially advance your leadership effectiveness.
By Brent Filson - 5/2010
In leadership, the results you aim to achieve can be divided into two categories, standard results and deep results.
To do well in your career, you must understand each kind, know the difference between the two, and know precisely which results you are aiming to achieve, and how to achieve them.
Most leaders understand standard results but fail to come to grips with deep results.
Here are some ways deep results differ from standard results.
Deep results emerge over longer periods of time.
Deep results encompass wider circles outside your job, usually impacting your family, friends, and relatives.
Deep results are often not conventionally successful results. They can come in the guise of failure.
Deep results can't be quantified. They're usually a quality of living or being.
Deep results are often not immediately apparent. Usually, you become aware of them after they appear and sometimes long after they appear.
Deep results are formed in your inner life and the choices you make over the things you control, your opinions, aspirations, and desires.
Deep results shape, and are shaped by, character.
One way to obtain deep results is to adhere to The Leadership Imperative: I WILL LEAD PEOPLE IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE WILL NOT ONLY ACHIEVE THE REQUIRED RESULTS BUT WE WILL ENHANCE OUR PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND GROW IN THE BEST ASPECTS OF BEING HUMAN.
You are never more powerful as a leader as when, in getting results, you are helping others be better than they are, both professionally and personally —even better than thought they could be.
In your next leadership task, apply the Leadership Imperative. Be clear about the results you need to achieve. Make sure the people you're working with are clear about those results too and that they agree they are the right results.
Describe the professional skills you want to develop in achieving the results. And have the people you work with agree that they are the right skills and they need to have those skills developed.
Describe the ways you want to advance the values you share through the human interactions you have in achieving the results.
When you achieve results by being ambitious for their success as well as yours, when you lead by living not an easy life for yourself but a hard life for others, then your leadership activities will reward you in deep and lasting ways.
5/2010© The Filson Leadership Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
The author of 23 books, Brent Filson's recent books are, THE LEADERSHIP TALK: THE GREATEST LEADERSHIP TOOL and 101 WAYS TO GIVE GREAT LEADERSHIP TALKS. He is founder and president of The Filson Leadership Group, Inc. – Celebrating 25 years of helping leaders of top companies worldwide achieve outstanding results every day. Sign up for his free leadership e-zine and get his FREE report "7 Steps To Leadership Mastery"