A Leadership Truism Reaffirmed

One of my colleagues, Doug Brown, made this statement years ago “People confuse motion with progress and activity with results.” This is truly a leadership truism and applies in sales as well.  Regardless of your role as a leader be it small business owner, sales professional, or C suite executive there is a lot of motion and activity going on with far less progress and results.

leadership-truismI was reminded of this leadership truism when I read a LinkedIn Pulse posting about how employee engagement is over-rated because at the end of the day CEOs want results.  From my perspective as I read this posting, I believe the author is ignoring this one fact:

Employee engagement must be in alignment with the strategy, structure, processes/systems, rewards and people within the organization. (Galbraith 5 Star Model)

This alignment is the responsibility of leadership and so employee engagement is really a reflection of the effectiveness of all involved as leaders within the organization.

When employees are engaged but not delivering the necessary progress and results, then it is the responsibility of leaders to ensure there is alignment between all five elements within the organization. Misalignment in many instances is where disengagement is observed.

At the end of the day, leadership is the driving force in any organization from the single office/home office (SOHO) to the Fortune 100 firms. Possibly this leadership truism from my friend should be asked at the end of every day by all in leadership roles:

How did my behaviors model the necessary progress and results we need at this organization?

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Leanne Hoagland-Smith supports forward thinking leaders in bridging the gaps between today’s results and tomorrow’s goals in the key areas of strategic growth, people development and process improvement. She speaks and writes specifically to small businesses under 50 employees whose challenges are more unique and resources more limited. Leanne can be reached at 219.508.2859 central time.  Follow her on Twitter or check out her profile on LinkedIn.

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