Why Can’t Leadership Be Quantified?

They say that leadership can’t be quantified.

They are managers, coaches, supervisors, team leaders, employees, employers, the media…

But, why not?  Why can’t leadership be quantified?

Many of us do already know many of the qualities that make a good leader.  Couldn’t we then just create a list of those qualities, assign weighting to those qualities, and then give scores points on those qualities to gain a leadership score?

Now, that I think of it, aren’t there many tools and scores out there that do exactly this?

Then, why is there a perception that leadership is hard to quantify?  Bill Belichik, the head coach of a National Football League team New England Patriots, refers to this problem when speaking about possible leadership void at the team.  Does this mean that the NFL is not doing a good job of profiling and scoring individuals on a leadership scoreboard?

Even in his conversation, he mentions about “the work ethic, the motivation, the toughness, the intelligence, the ability to adjust…”  You can find the ESPN article here: http://bit.ly/8iVhIb.

I think this public perception about the difficulty of scoring leadership maybe has to do with general education and understanding of leadership by all of us, including myself.

What do you think?

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Born in 1979. Lived, studied, and worked in the US from 1992-2007. Currently in Mongolia since 2007. Own and manage WebGuru Co Ltd (www.WEBGURU-CO.COM), an internet marketing and web design / development company based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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