Forget the Scoreboard

The inevitable extension of servant leadership is coaching.

Results are by-products. Forget the scoreboard. Focus on the process.


The belief that leading is telling blocks leaders from coaching. Command and control treats people like tools.

Coaching-leaders serve people.

Embracing a coaching style of leadership means:

  1. Delivering results through relationships.
  2. Embracing a growth mindset.
  3. Nurturing the strength of others.

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Three investments:

  1. Self. Develop yourself so you can develop others.
  2. Team. Invest yourself in talent.
  3. The process. Play to win, but forget the scoreboard.

Jon Gordon, author of many books, including, “The Energy Bus,” and co-author of, “One Word,” talks about focusing on the process (1:28):

Short-term vs. long-term:

Focus on the process in the short-term. Keep an eye on the scoreboard in the long-term. Be careful how you define success.

Jon Gordon on short-term vs. long-term (1:34):

Know why:

Let purpose drive process.

Know why you and your organization exist and let that drive everything you do.

My purpose in life, for example, is to develop servant leadership in myself and others. (I’m still working on the best way to say that.) The more I contribute to your leadership journey, the more energy I feel.

I want to hang with people who are passionate about developing talent; theirs, mine, and others’. If you’ve arrived, you’re uninteresting and boring to me.

Everything I do – process and procedure – focuses on one purpose, developing servant leaders. With that in mind, I’m excited to announce a partnership with Clarity Development Consulting to offer the proven “Coaching for Engagement” program. Drop me an email if you’d like to explore Bob Hancox and me coming to your organization.

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