Leadership Mentors Confront Reality with the Scoreboard
Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 10, 2014
One of the essentials of great leadership is the proper use of the scoreboard in each area of life. Unfortunately, people rarely permit the scoreboard to speak to them truthfully because the human ego loathes to admit weakness. The problem with this, however, when one deceives himself on his own scoreboard, he disqualifies himself for growth in leadership. In a sense, it isn’t until a person owns his weak spots and commits to a PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, and Adjust) process, that he enters the personal growth field.
After 20 plus years of leadership mentoring, I believe the number one reason there are not more leaders in the world is that most would rather live with comfortable lies than uncomfortable truths. For most people, protecting their egos by lying about the poor results on the scoreboard is considered more important than changing the poor outcomes. This is why leaders must deal in truth to grow and change. Although it may hurt the ego temporarily, only the truth on the scoreboard will set you free. There are many areas in which leaders must address the data on the scoreboard to improve their Tri-Lateral Leadership Ledger performance in character, tasks, and relationships.
For instance, if a person has 50 people in a community and he has damaged relationships with 10 of them, it is amazing to me how many people can justify how it is nearly 100% the other people’s fault and they are blameless. Can the readers see where holding themselves blameless in any situation denies them the ability of improving their relationship abilities? Indeed, I believe God has placed me in many situations where I failed the first test. But this didn’t make me a failure, only a student who needed to confront the scoreboard, admit where I made mistakes, and submit to the PDCA process to grown.
In effect, leadership failures are the key to leadership success when one starts learning from the scoreboard instead of lying about it. Furthermore, when one habitually lies to himself to protect his ego from his scoreboard, he predictably lies to others as well. For a person who is dishonest with himself is incapable of being honest with others. This is why the Bible states, “The Truth will set you free.”
The whole point of LIFE Leadership is to build communities where people can study their personal leadership scoreboard to learn areas where they have deceived themselves. There are three main groups that people fall into when confronted with the scoreboard. Future leaders, when confronted with a poor scoreboard, use the data to drive needed change. Most people, when confronted with a poor scoreboard, do everything in their power to avoid the lesson offered by the data. The worst type, however, when confronted with the poor scoreboard, seek to blame others and absolve themselves.
Which of the three groups do you fall into? If the reader is ready to move on in life, then he must permit the data to speak honestly upon his current performance so he can change it. 2014 is the year for LIFE Leadership to step upon the international leadership stage. The readers are invited to join us through confronting their leadership scoreboard. Here is a video on did on this topic.