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What’s the Tri-Lateral Leadership Ledger?

Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, in their New York Times best seller, Launching a Leadership Revolution (LLR), taught, in chapter four, the Tri-Lateral Leadership Ledger (TLL), a measurement of one’s leadership abilities.

In short, every leader must grow in his character, task and relationships, in order to lead at the highest levels.

Each of the three areas interact with one another, allowing leadership to grow when one grows personally.

How does the Tri-Lateral Leadership Ledger work?

The Tri-Lateral Leadership Ledger measured Character, Task, and Relationships, on a scale from 0 to 10, multiplying each of these scores together (review LLR for more detail) to obtain the total score.

For example, if someone rated themselves a two on Character, a one on Task, and a two on Relationships, then the total score would be

2 x 1 x 2 = 4 .

The lowest score, one which many, including the author, score when they start their leadership journey is zero.

The highest score, one which no reader will ever obtain is 1,000 –

10*10*10 = 1,000.

Perfection, although strived for daily, will never be achieved, since no one reading this is perfect, but the TLL has helped tens of thousands of people to evaluate their current leadership score, helping them identify areas in need of further improvement.

What is Your Tri-Lateral Leadership Ledger Score?

Study each of three attributes of leadership in the TLL. The common tendency is for a person to overrate himself when tabulating his TLL score.  But, with the increase in tribes and communities, a simple reality check for the TLL score is to compare one’s results with one’s following.

For example, if a person has around 100 people attending in his tribe, then his TLL score is around 50 points, but by developing three performers who can lead 100 people each, his TLL grows to 150 points.

Top leaders, with over 1000 people attending community get togethers, score over 300 points on their TLL evaluations. By knowing the total score, a person can backtrack and calculate individual score in Character, Task, and Relationships, multiplying them together to ensure he is not suffering from self-delusion.

Every leader has room to grow because no one reading this will hit anywhere close to 1000 points… with few, in fact, very few, ever hitting above 500 points.

Now, based on Sturgeon’s Law, “90% of leaders are convinced they are part of Sturgeon’s 10%”…  In other words, even though only 10% of the people will ever truly lead at the upper echelons in any category, the single biggest reason that most leaders do not continue the growth journey, is that most believe they have already arrived.

Good truly is the enemy of great.

This may sound strong, but self-deception has ended more leadership careers than any other factor.  When a person lies to himself, why is anyone shocked that he starts lying to others?  Sadly, most people would rather live with comfortable lies than deal with uncomfortable truths. Similar to the proverbial ostrich, who sticks his head in the sand, hoping to avoid the hungry lion by refusing to acknowledge him, but not surprisingly, this doesn’t alter the lion’s dinner plans. It’s only when a leader grows personally over a lifetime, that he attracts other leaders into his community or tribe, leaders who lead organizations of thousands themselves, changing the lifetime leader into a servant of other top leaders.

A leader of this magnitude refuses to work for time punchers, dictators, or micro-managers, but loves responsibility and feeding on visionary leadership.  Imagine developing into a servant leader, thus attracting leaders into one’s community, forming a tribe of volunteers who can lead change in any field they set their minds to. Leadership then, isn’t a nice add on feature, but an essential part of every world-changer, as John Maxwell said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.”