As I look back on my life, and I think about the times where I witnessed true Leadership, a common theme seems to rise up in my memory. And that is, that the best Leaders are the Simplifiers. Can you remember a time when you were in a group, and you witnessed a situation where a Leader arose, and you became one of the followers? Most likely you will remember that the Leader stood up and reminded the group of just what “we” were hoping to accomplish here.
So True! The Leader is the one who stands up and says…..”hey…wait a minute everyone…..it’s not that complicated…..all we are trying to accomplish here is…………”
So, the Leader has just enough wisdom to see a broader view of the Whole Entire Dilemma! And, the Leader finally stands up and makes everyone understand how simple it is.
Let’s all remember that the “Leader-being-the-Simplifier” is a very simple idea. And that idea, is one that we should take Seriously.
PS- When I think of names like Abraham Lincoln, Warren Buffett, General Schwarzkopf, etc, …I think of Leaders speaking in a style that is calm and simple.