It seems our society has a tendency to rank nearly everything. Here are just a few to help make the point:
- The 100 best companies to work for are ranked by Fortune Magazine
- America votes…and ranks American Idol contestants
- Consumer Reports rates many products we all buy
- Television shows are ranked by Nielson Media Research
- Each year, U.S. News and World Report ranks the best colleges
Keep this in mind as you go through your day; how many other examples do you see?
Try to observe your own behavior in response to these rankings. Are you influenced by them? Do you buy books based on the N.Y. Times Best Seller list? When you travel, do you choose a restaurant by Zagat’s? Do rating systems cause you to make certain decisions or adopt certain behaviors?
Imagine if workplace leaders were ranked in a similar manner.
What types of things would be considered to create the ranking? I am not sure how they would be measured or weighted, but here are some suggestions to consider:
- Ability to influence action
- Impact on team morale
- Leads with compassion
- Spends time in service to others
- Makes the tough decisions
- Develops other leaders
Leadership Rankings in Sports
I thought about this as I read the udpated BCS rankings earlier this week. Locally here in central Ohio, we had a big game recently as Ohio State played at Penn State. Going into the game, OSU was ranked #16 and PSU was ranked #11.
Ohio State won the game, beating Penn State 24-7. Just that one game had a significant impact on the BCS ratings. Today, OSU jumped up five spots to #11 and PSU fell seven spots to #18.
I wonder how we would fare if leaders were ranked weekly based on their most recent performance.
Imagine being held accountable by such a system?
- Can’t persuade your team to get on the same page – move down a spot
- Spend time on the floor getting to know your people – move up three spots
- Fail to listen as an employee tries to share a health challenge – move down five spots
- Too tired to serve and spend more time in your office – move down three spots
- Offer career counseling to and up-and-comer on your team – move up three spots
You get the point, I’m sure.
Would a weekly rating change your behavior? Would it shift your priorities? What if your employees voted on your leadership each week? Where would you rank in the “Leadership Top 25” at your workplace?
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