Simplicity of Heart for the Leader

January 29, 2017


In "leadership cardiology", simplicity of the heart is astoundingly important. An essence of leadership is being able to articulate vision and mission with clarity and simplicity. This helps to make your followers undertake strategy with confidence and courage. It helps them to deliver results.


     Simplicity is more than just a head thing - it is also a heart thing. There needs to be a deep yearning on the part of the leader to articulate vision and to lead in a way which is compelling, simple, and memorable for the people who are following. Simplicity of the heart is a deeply and intrinsically held passion on the part of the leader, because he or she ultimately will want the followers to be fulfilled and successful. The opposite of simplicity is complexity. Following complexity is difficult. A leader needs to avoid unnecessary complexity in all that he does. It is difficult to paint a unified visual picture of success when the thought processes are clouded by complexity. Simplicity, on the other hand, allows the leader-communicator to paint a visual picture of progress which is easier to follow and easier to measure in terms of success.


     The Apostle Peter was prone to getting ahead of himself without thinking. Yet in the formation of the early church, Peter became more self-aware (with the help of the Holy Spirit) and rose to the occasion of being a voice of clarity for moving toward the future. He was a much more effective leader for the apostles as a result. "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship and in the breaking of bread and prayers" (Acts 2:42 NKJV). This suggests that Peter was finally learning to lead the Apostles and people in an effective and simple way with a focus on priorities. The Apostles, observing all of this, were also empowered and encouraged by the example that they saw before them. It was contagious: "So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favour with all the people" (Acts 2:46-47). In the formation of the early church after Jesus' crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, what won the day and actually led to significant growth was simplicity of heart - "the LORD added to the church daily" (Acts 2:47).


     Leaders - do you want to have favour with your people? Then I encourage you to embrace and learn simplicity of the heart. Let it guide your visioning, your communication, and your strategic intent. With clarity of simple purpose, you will be able to see a flourishing of your followers and your organizations beyond your wildest dreams.  


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