You Can be a Tough Leader and not be an S.O.B.

Have you ever heard this said about a manager:

“Well, he gets results, but leaves a trail of bodies in his wake”

The thing that drives me crazy is way too many organizations (and people) accept this as OK.

You know, you can get results and treat people with respect – the two are not mutually exclusive!

Here’s another Great Leadership 2×2 model to sum up the relationship between results and respect as they apply to leadership:

The great leaders are visionary and set extraordinary goals for themselves and others. They can be demanding, have high expectations, and push their teams to their upper limits. But they do it in a way that a way that makes people feel valued; that their ideas and work matters, and enables people to achieve more than they thought was possible.

And in the long run, they outperform the SOBs every time!

I’ve heard people describe these kind of leaders like this:

“You know, she was tough as nails and demanding, and I don’t think I’ve ever worked as hard. But she was fair, recognized my good work, and I learned a lot!”

You can get great results – and not have people do a happy dance after you’re gone.

Your thoughts?