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  • Writer's pictureMike Bensi

Leading Without Numbers: The Art of Keeping Score in Leadership

In the world of sportsball, keeping score is fundamental.

Whether it's the precision of a tennis match or the complexity of baseball, the final score often defines success. The score is a constant reminder of progress. Players know where they stand at every moment, with each point or run reflecting their performance.

But when it comes to leadership, the game changes dramatically. There's no scoreboard that tallies success or failure in real-time. A leader's impact is subtle, often measured over the long haul, and sometimes, it goes unnoticed.

Consider running—a sport that is often without a scoreboard. Runners aren't competing against others in the same way that tennis players or baseball teams are. Instead, they're competing against themselves, striving for personal growth, endurance, and inner satisfaction. Similarly, leaders are constantly working on self-improvement and guiding their team members toward collective growth.

Leadership success isn't about the immediate score; it's about creating lasting impacts. A leader's influence extends beyond what can be quantified in numbers. It's in the motivation and growth of team members, the development of a positive work culture, and the ability to navigate challenges effectively.

Leaders may not have a visible scoreboard, but their true measure of success lies in the legacy they leave behind. It's in the way they inspire, empower, and support those they lead. Just as a runner finds fulfillment in beating their personal best, leaders find meaning in helping their team members achieve their fullest potential.

In the world of leadership, it's not about the score; it's about the journey and the lasting impact. The more we can embrace leadership as an unscored game, where the value is not in the numbers, the more we're able to focus on the profound difference we make in the lives of others.

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