Last week I had lunch with an entrepreneur that had an opportunity to work with a number of super successful business leaders 20 years ago including Jack Welch, Ted Turner, and Roberto Goizueta. Curious, I asked what it was about them that made them so successful. He said that all the great leaders were very different people, different personalities, and even differing levels of intelligence. The one thing they all had in common was actually quite straightforward:
Great leaders take complex strategies and simplify them down into key messages and action items that everyone can follow.
How good is an awesome mission statement if it’s too complicated and difficult to follow? What about this month/quarter/year strategy? Just think about all the complex situations that arise in business and in life. Having someone that can fully understand the situation, build a quality strategy, and get everyone on the same page, especially people at all levels of the business, is invaluable. Great leaders take the complicated and make it attainable.
What else? What are your thoughts on great leaders being able to simplify complexity?