In today’s complex business world, leaders want to simplify leadership to be as effective and efficient as possible. Essentially, if leadership were that easy, everyone would be a leader. For many it’s not. Here are a few areas that will help leaders simplify both leadership and organization. Combined these processes will create greater breakthrough results.
Simplify Your Leadership Style
By increasing your ability to positively influence followers, your leadership style simplification is where your focus needs to be in order to move your organization forward. In doing so, your employees will be able to get more things accomplished under your leadership.
At the core of being a leader, there is one key principle: “Leadership is about taking the complex and making it simple,” says Tony Bridwell.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
– Albert Einstein
Clearly communicate your vision of where you are going and when you want to get there. Talking about “how” you are going to do something is not simple or clear. Communicate key strategic messages in simple, clear, compelling ways that inspire changes in behavior and impelled action.
“The courage of leadership is giving others the chance to succeed even though you bear the responsibility for getting things done.”
Empowering your employees allows them to generate ideas and create and produce the solutions to their assigned project. This frees up time for you and managers to get done what you need to, trusting your employees to get done what they need to.
Simplify the Organization
“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”
– John Maeda
By reducing or even eliminating business complexity for simplification, you need to update your rules to see how relevant they are, lessen the number of meetings and make them more productive with less time, and look at what reports are relevant where they are seen more than once, and look at what works and what doesn’t. Changing how efficient your organization can be helps both you and employees work on what matters most – productivity.
“Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.”
– Louis L’Amour
In order to keep your organization simplified, you do have to keep on top of complexity. Constant reviews before and after a project is worked on and completed helps you accomplish what you set out to do.
Achieving simplicity in your leadership requires focus, clarity, collaboration, and courage to move your employees to work toward the same cause. The ability to simplify complexity needs leaders to involve all employees in order to work together to reduce complexity for simplifying the work that needs to get done.