I had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the to the 2013 Chick-Fil-A Leadercast on May 10th and came away with some amazing pieces of leadership knowledge and inspiration and over the next few posts I am going to chronicle some of my favorite maxims from those keynotes.
Volume 1: Andy Stanley
1. Complexity is the enemy of Clarity
Andy, who is without a doubt one of the best speakers and leaders in America, spoke at length about the theme of the event, Simply Lead. His first point that hit home with me was centered around clarity. He stated in Andy like fashion (a sort of fast, funny, quick witted, ever pausing high pitched tone) that the “Mist in your mind can be a fog for your organization.”
Meaning, you need to clear your mind of complexity to be able to lead your team clearly.
Look, we have all been in those situations where your leaders, or you yourself as a leader (me especially), have been too clouded with the details of daily work life to see through to the greater mission. That greater mission, usually well thought out and scrutinized and written somewhere prominently in your office or office building, needs to be the north star for your organization. What can be dangerous for an organization is not slowing down to look upon that, or dwell in it. This, ultimately, can lead you off course.
Take the time to stop, clear your mind of the mist, get clarity on the guiding principles that are PROVEN to bring success and fulfillment to your organization and success will follow. Remember: Complexity is the enemy of Clarity.