At On Hold Company, we’re a fan of the annual Chick-fil-A Leadercast which assembles top thinkers and speakers from diverse disciplines to inspire and encourage leaders in all aspects of life. The live event takes place in Atlanta, and is transmitted to host sites across this country. This year, more than 120,000 people gathered recently to learn how they can apply this year’s theme: Simply Lead.
The founder of Leadercast, and still an annual presenter, is best-selling author John C. Maxwell. His insights alone are worth the ticket price.
This year, Maxwell explained that the difference between an educator and a communicator is that an educator “takes the simple and makes it complex,” while a communicator “takes the complex and makes it simple.” He took a mathematical approach to cutting through the complexities of life and getting to simple leadership:
Maxwell said that life gets complicated because we take a simple subject like leadership and add to it. Good leaders do the difficult work of keeping things simple.
Simple is not the same as simplistic, Maxwell stressed. It’s easy to be simplistic, he said, but it’s not simple. On the other hand, it’s not easy to be simple, but it is effective.
A simplistic approach to something is shallow and fast. At the other end of the spectrum, a complex approach is deep and slow. A simple approach is deep and fast. That is what you want in your leadership and your relationships, Maxwell said.
Maxwell’s final piece of advice was also his best: Don’t try to find a leader to solve the problems, be that leader instead.
At On Hold Company, we love Leadercast because we are always seeking ways to grow and improve ourselves and the way we do business. How about you? Who is your favorite leadership expert? Do you have a favorite book or piece of advice on leadership? We’d love to hear about it. Please share in the comments below.