First figure out the 2 big O’s:

Your Objectives–what you want to accomplish

The Outcomes–what you want to see happen in the lives of your constituents.

Then to determine your leadership effectiveness, here are some measuring sticks:

  • You have a personal growth plan. Speed of the leader, speed of the team.
  • You are actively training up another leader to replace you. No success without a successor.
  • You are actively training your leadership team on fulfillment of objectives and pursuit of outcomes.   The team is clear on expectations and roles. The team keeps each other accountable for proper priorities and life-margin, and plays together.
  • You regularly connect with your boss for communication, encouragement, problem-solving, feedback and to receive the organization’s vision.
  • You have clearly-defined goals to take your department to the next level, in alignment with the organization’s mission, vision, and thematic goal for the year/quarter.
  • You have budgeted accurately for fulfillment of your department’s goals and monitor line items carefully.
  • You regularly communicate with your team in person and using various media.
  • You stretch and take risks every year, trying new ways of achieving goals, as to not get in ruts.
  • You evaluate every activity as to how it can reach the objectives and outcomes even better. No plateaus.
  • Your team feels cared for by the attention and recognition and obstacle-removing you provide.  For more ideas on getting this outcome, click here.

It’s just a partial list, and I’d love for you to add to it–for the benefit of the leadership community. Shoot me an email at