As a leader, one of your key roles is to help transform confusing complexity into elegant and powerful simplicity.
Arguably the most complex component of a leader’s world is the diverse mix of people they lead.
Organizational cultures can be a minefield of complex and intricate relationships. You already know how even a very small handful of intimate relationships at home can be challenging enough to manage. At work, the complexity of multiple relationship dynamics multiplies exponentially. Add to that the pressures of stress, speed, ego, career advancement, the ever shifting landscape of office politics, perceived status, financial security and working with people who you didn’t necessarily choose to have in your life – and you’ve got a pretty complex situation to manage.
As a leader, you need to do everything you can to add clarity, inspiration, encouragement and well defined purpose to this wildly flavored soup of relationships and often conflicting goals.
Rewards – Seeking the simple solution first
So, yes, people are complicated. But we are also quite simple in that we typically do more of what we are rewarded for and do less of those things that yield no rewards or have negative consequences.
It is through this particular simplicity of human nature that a purposeful leader can realize their best leverage for shaping a stellar team.