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By: Lolly Daskal

Have you ever worked with a boss who made everything so urgent that you never knew what was truly important? If so, you probably haven’t forgotten how frustrating it is to be unable to prioritize.

Or you may have worked for someone who required an immediate response for every little request, making you feel like you were living in a constant state of emergency.

Or maybe you’ve had to choose between two genuinely critical priorities, both equally important to your boss.

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After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, I have observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when his performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent this.

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Two men—one old, one young, both reading newspapers—were sharing a park bench on a lovely afternoon. The younger man asked his seatmate for the time, but the old man said, “No,” and went back to reading his newspaper. The young man asked, “I’m sorry, have I offended you in some way?”

The old man said pleasantly, “No, not at all.”

After a confused moment, the younger man asked, “So why won’t you tell me the time?”

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If you are going to be a leader or hold a leadership position, there’s one quality you absolutely require to be successful. You need to be a seeker.

A seeker is someone who is always searching. Seekers bypass mediocrity and are not content to settle for the status quo. They search for excellence with integrity and character.

To be a great leader, commit to seeking in everything you do.

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T

he negotiation phase of my client’s merger with a larger organization was drawing to a close. This consolidation was going to be big news, and everyone was looking forward to getting it done. I sat with my client through a long week of agreeing to terms, and then it happened: The other CEO’s attitude was truly revealed.

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A young man came to his wise leader and asked how he could be a better leader. The wise leader said, “Let me pour you a cup of tea.” And so he started pouring a cup of tea; he kept pouring and pouring and pouring until the young man screamed, “Stop! The cup is full.”

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Leadership may be complex, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. We can always simplify. Often our greatest hardships are those we impose upon ourselves.

There are some who think that in order to be a great leader, we must allow life to teach us the hard way. But in truth, if we are open to learning, things can come with ease. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers.

Here are 10 ways you can begin right now to simplify your leadership: