Leadership success seems to be relatively easy to measure. You look at the numbers, the success, the growth and the bottom line. Those items are half of the equation; however there is another equally important half to the leadership success equation.
If we focus so much on the numbers and bottom line, we can lose focus of the other half of the equation: healthy culture, healthy work environment, healthy people and an environment free from dictator control.
Dictators can have great numbers, great bottom lines and an appearance of success; while their culture is crumbling all around them. Numbers don’t equal success, numbers are only a piece of success. Over the years I’ve heard people say things like, “I know it had an appearance of success, but that place was a crazy place to work… so and so was a dictator etc.” Those are often the places where constant turnover are just par for the course.
The reality is you can have great numbers and a great bottom line, while simultaneously having a great quality of work life, a healthy work environment and an awesome leadership culture. Numbers, productivity and healthy environments are not mutually exclusive.
Since we are talking numbers and culture, according to CNN Money the #1 Search Engine Giant “Google” has also been named as the #1 Best Company To Work For on the list of 100 Best Companies To Work For.
What makes Google so great?
- The Numbers: Everything was up at Google last year – revenue, profits, share price, paid search clicks, hiring…
- The Culture: Employee love, health and culture were also up, as the search giant climbed three slots to the top slot for Best Companies To Work For.
Google’s True Bottom Line: Employees rave about their mission, the culture, and the famous perks of the work complex: bocce courts, a bowling alley, eyebrow shaping (for a fee) in the New York office. Then there’s the food: some 25 cafes company-wide, all gratis.
You don’t have to have bowling alley’s, free eyebrow arching etc.; however it’s important that every organization try to understand that A Successful Leadership Culture Goes Beyond The Numbers.
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