You may read the title of this post and think, “Leadership seems to be anything but simple!”
“The way to have a great future is to have a lot of great todays.” -Michael Nichols
My friend Dr. Michael Nichols developed a model for simple leadership that you may find particularly effective. Dr. Nichols is an executive coach who helps teams develop a vision and strategy to achieve their goals. The author of Creating Your Business Vision, he also helps individuals pursue intentional growth.
“Obstacles occur to help you determine if you really believe in the vision.” -Michael Nichols
His model for simple leadership:
- Purpose. What’s most important to me?
- Path. Where am I headed?
- Plan. What should I be doing?
- Prepare. How and when will I do it?
- People. Who will live and work with me?
One interesting fact I didn’t realize until this interview:
Over 70% of leaders say they have ZERO close friends.
That was particularly stunning and perhaps a wake-up call for some leaders as to what really matters.
If you want to be more deliberate in your goals, strategy, and planning, study the simple leadership model.
“You can gain authority and position without connecting with others, but you won’t have many friends.” -Michael Nichols
“Don’t just commit to your goals. Pursue them with intensity and passion.” -Michael Nichols
“Clarity always follows your courage to take the next step.” -Michael Nichols
“Effective leaders communicate everything that’s mine is yours.” -Michael Nichols
“Your dream is not something you hope for. It’s something you do. Every day.” -Michael Nichols