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The Smart Techie was renamed Siliconindia India Edition starting Feb 2012 to continue the nearly two decade track record of excellence of our US edition.

March - 2012 - issue > Management

Leadership Metrics

Suman R
Co-founder and Director of Business Strategy-Eos Software Systems
Monday, March 5, 2012
Suman R
Organizations require a "measurement mind-set" and defined metrics to quantify and gauge the organization success and health. By definition, a metric is a standard measure to assess your performance in a particular area. 'Leadership' is an important function in a organization, so are we measuring its leaders performance?


The role of a leader is an elusive one and its hard to define. The essence of leadership is to create an environment for success, provide the vision and direction, motivate the team and develop other leaders. As, Joanne Ciulla, rightfully said "Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex moral relationship between people, based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good."


Accountability or Measuring these intangibles by a number is not straight forward. Having said that, a basis for measurement is required for hiring leaders at various organizational levels and to gauge the growth of a leader. The industry recognizes this vital fact. Over the past few years, there are various assessment tools and indexes that are available for measurement.


One of the most popular one being "Leadership Practices Inventory(LPI)" by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. The LPI Measurement Model is a 360-degree assessment instrument and uses a series of behavioral questions to assess leadership effectiveness. This model includes two parts:

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Reader's comments(1)
1:Study & Practice of Leadership.

We are talking about not only the essentials of Leadership, we mean that it is some thing after learning the theory & practice of effective leadership in emerging industrial scenario of present times. It is about the measurement of leadership effectiveness in any given organization and in a given demographic complex. Why we talk of essentials of leadership that too only in a given scenario is, because it deals with a highly complex behavioral pattern of actors involved. It is so complex that: it varies constantly; it means different things for different people, its metrics and parameters difficult to define so as to become measurable, quantify tangible & non-tangibles for ease of evaluation, any derived method not sustainable for uniformity of application in other domains and so on%u2026. The application discussed in the paper in question is laudable; the effort of the author sets the first mile stone for other brilliant minds to further develop resulting in enjoyment of leadership while managing an industry.
Posted by: Sreedhar GV Chandan - 23rd Apr 2012
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