- The number of people reporting up through the organization
- The quantity or amount of product or services produced
- The “bottom line” or income produced by the company
- The number of links, references or accolades to the leader or the organization
- Other methods that focus on things and not people.
These are all valid and important ways to measure leadership, and many others exist. However, the true — and more telling — measure of leadership is long-term and cannot easily be seen. Leadership is best measured by what you leave behind.
Some people become frustrated by the lack of immediate results. The thought of waiting months or years to see the results of their labors is discouraging. However, if you look at the actions and attitudes of people whom you consider true leaders, you will find they focus on building others. They put as their first concern the growth and development of the people with whom they interact. The results of their success carry forward through the people they have influenced over the years.