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Leadership is a Results Contest
by Tony Jeary


If you go to and search in books using the word 'leadership' you get over 300,000 possibilities. If you are interested in getting a formal education in leadership, you can earn Phd or Masters degrees in such disciplines as Organizational Leadership, Change Leadership, Leadership Communication and others. You can even earn a Servant Leadership Certificate if you need one of those. The point is that leadership is a big subject and it means many different things to different people. The dictionary definition of the word lead is: To show the way by going in advance, and to guide or direct on a path. So, in its purest sense leadership engages the ability to do those two things.

It's important to understand what the core issue of leadership is. By that I mean the most foundational issue of leadership that is easy to understand and easy to measure. One of the undeniable facts of leadership is that leaders are measured and subjected to criticism and scrutiny. The heart of that critical process goes to measuring the results that leaders achieve. That makes leadership a results contest and is the means by which every leader must understand their most strategic duties and responsibilities. People can spend years studying and refining their leadership styles, philosophies, techniques and other tools that leaders must use -- but the real issue for all leaders is getting results!

When the economy is good, it's easier for business leaders to achieve good results. When the economy is good profits are high and money is available. People are secure and relatively happy. Life is good for all. It's not to say that leaders don't have challenges to overcome in good economic times. It's just that the nature of the challenges and the environment that frames the challenges have a different character about them when people are prospering . It's also easier to get results that are perceived to be acceptable in good economic times and the judgment, measurement and criticism of leaders is rather tame -- compared to the uproar that frequently accompanies leadership evaluation in a tough economy. Just look at the public rage that has recently been directed toward business executives whose companies have been heavily subsidized by taxpayers.

Please let me be even more direct: Successful leaders get superior results, faster! Unsuccessful leaders don't!


The Author

Tony Jeary

Tony Jeary, author of Strategic Acceleration: Succeed at the Speed of Life, has been and continues to be the coach to the world's top CEOs and high achievers for more than 20 years. His clients include the Presidents of Wal-Mart, Firestone, Shell, Samsung, New York Life, and the United States Senate, to name only a few. An advisor to many, Tony Jeary has invested his life and career in helping others discover new clarity for their vision, develop focus on direction, and create powerful execution strategies that strategically impact achievement and results. Tony is happily married and blessed with 2 great daughters.

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