Leadership For Deep Results: Without Them Are You Wasting Your Leadership And Your Life? (Part Two)

The author asserts there are two kinds of results leaders achieve, standard results and deep results.  All leaders know what standard results are, but few leaders know what deep results are.  In the long run, standard results, though necessary, are far less important than deep results.

By Brent Filson - 2005

How does one go about getting deep results?  There are many paths up this mountain.  But one path is straight and steep and clear.  That is the path of the Leadership Imperative.


The Imperative has two parts: one is results-accomplishments and the other is self betterment. 

You are never more powerful as a leader as when, in getting results, you are helping others be better than they are -- even better than thought they could be.  Guided by the Leadership Imperative, you’ll find yourself realizing deep results. 

Deep results are not a measurement or a direction.  They are not a central purpose.  They are a process of being.  They are not something achieved.  They are an achieving — taking place not at a special place in a special time but at every place at all times. 

You are deep results before you know that you are.  Though deep results are easy, though often they do not come easily.

We are this mind/body in this space/time continuum.  We know that.  But to realize it, we must live it.  To live it, we must seek it in our living.  And that knowing and living and seeking is deep results. 

The task that we shoulder reveals our heart to the world.  Deep results show our soul to the world.

Examples of deep results:

--With the disasters of the Franco-Prussia War tumbling down upon Paris, a remarkable event took place, the word of which spread like wildfire through the city.  The great author Victor Hugo, exiled for 19 years, had come back to Paris.  Traveling through German lines, through the war-ravaged countryside, he had come into the city on virtually the last train.  He had come to share the sufferings with the Parisians in their darkest hour when his arriving meant virtual imprisonment in the city.  Throngs gathered at the station to applaud him.  One man shouted over the crowd, “If defeat brings us Victor Hugo, we couldn’t be better rewarded!”   – deep results.

--Doug Collins, member of the '72 U.S. Olympic team that ultimately lost the gold medal on a disputed call to the Soviet Union, describes the dramatic moments at the end of the game.  We're losing by one.  The Soviets have the ball.  The clock's running out.  I hide behind the center, bait a guy into throwing a pass, knock it loose and grab it.  A Russian goes under me as I'm going up for the lay-up.  I'm KO'd for a second.  The coaches run to me.  John Bach, one of the assistants, says, 'We gotta get somebody to shoot the fouls."  But coach Hank Iba says, 'If Doug can walk, he'll shoot.' That electrified me.  The coach believed in me.  I can't even remember feeling any pressure.  Three dribbles, spin the ball, toss it in, same as in my backyard.  I hit 'em both and got the lead.  I didn't know what I was made of until then."  –deep results.

--Herb Rammrath, a General Electric client of mine in the late 1980s, told me this.  “I was a young Naval officer reporting with many other new sailors aboard an aircraft carrier.  The captain met us in a formation on the flight deck.  He shook my hand and went down the line greeting many other sailors.  I didn’t think anything of it until several weeks later when he passed by me in a passageway.  He said, ‘Hi, Herb!’  I never forgot that.  He remembered my name despite the fact that he had met scores of new sailors that day.  It’s made a tremendous impact on me till this day.”  –deep results.

--Seeing abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison dragged with a rope down a Boston Street, Wendell Phillips became so outraged that he joined the abolitionist movement and became one of its most effective activists.  –deep results.

Many people go through their careers ignorant of deep results. But when you view your career as a whole, don’t you think that the ultimate yardstick of your life should be deep results?  Deep results are not about getting but giving, not about doing but becoming, not about material accumulation but about the enrichment of human relationships.  From now on, when thinking about getting results in your jobs and your career, think too of the deep results you should achieve.


2005© The Filson Leadership Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

The author of 23 books, Brent Filson's recent books are, THE LEADERSHIP TALK: THE GREATEST LEADERSHIP TOOL and 101 WAYS TO GIVE GREAT LEADERSHIP TALKS. He is founder and president of The Filson Leadership Group, Inc. – Celebrating 25 years of helping leaders of top companies worldwide achieve outstanding results every day. Sign up for his free leadership e-zine and get his FREE report "7 Steps To Leadership Mastery"