The Four Ways To Tell You're a Great Leader

Last Updated Apr 8, 2008 10:25 PM EDT

How can you tell if you're a great leader?

Simple, says Jack Hayhow, CEO of a training firm and author of a whimsically named book, "Wisdom of the Flying Pig."

1. Amazingly Engaged Employees
2. Evangelical Customers
3. Consistently Solid Financials
4. Growth (revenue, profit, capability)

He argues in his post The Deliverables of Great Leadership that no good business leader will fail to produce these results.

I'm not sure that all four apply in all parts of the economy. For instance, I have never once felt compelled to evangelize for a telemarketing firm, and I'm not sure there's a leader alive who could change that.

But I like that Hayhow is trying to come up with a way to measure business leadership. Most posts on leadership focus on how to be one.

  • Michael Fitzgerald

    Michael Fitzgerald writes about innovation and other big ideas in business for publications like the New York Times, The Economist, Fast Company, Inc. and CIO. He’s worked as a writer or editor at Red Herring, ZDNet, TechTV and Computerworld, and has received numerous awards as a writer and editor. Most recently, his piece on the hacker collective the l0pht won the 2008 award for best trade piece from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He was also a 2007 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion.