Indicators for Successful Leadership: Ability to Define and Measure Outcomes

The first quarter of 2008 is just about over, and one thing was constant over the last three months . . . change, and lots of it. Changes in our economy both here and abroad, the U.S. housing market, the list of candidates for U.S. President still in the race, the energy markets, the world rice market, and the list goes on. Several other notable changes include the number of local, regional, national and international leaders who are not in their respective leadership positions anymore. (A trend visible in both the public and private sectors.)

What changed in the lives of these leaders so quickly? What were the indicators that these leaders would, in effect, fail to succeed? From my perspective the answer is simple, but multifaceted.

In 2007, much of our work at the Cobalt Group involved understanding the indicators of the different types of community capital – economic, human, cultural and social capital – and how these various types of capital come together to make a difference in community. One key finding of our work was the central role leaders play in guiding the process to harness and blend the intrinsic value of community capital.

Being a successful leader requires being able to define and measure outcomes (not just report or reap the benefits of transactions, tasks or activities).

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2 Responses to “Indicators for Successful Leadership: Ability to Define and Measure Outcomes”

  1. Tim Ramsey Says:

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.

    Tim Ramsey

  2. David W. Stack Says:

    Successful leaders visualize the future and moves their group forward to
    to reach actualization.

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