This article offers leadership tips and argues that going back to basics is often a good way to get the best return on investment.


The sub-heading in this article by leadership strategist Colleen Batchelder really is the crux of her message:

'leading effectively isn't about reinventing the wheel; sometimes simple really is better'. 

Her article lists what Batchelder says are four simple tips that will provide the highest return on investment (R.O.I.). They are:

  • K.I.S.S. (Keep it super smart)
  • Be the 'dumbest person in the room'.*
  • Choose integrity always.
  • Believe in yourself.

Batchelder explains how the tips will help leaders to move forward (you may have noticed that tip #1 is Batchelder's revamping of Keep It Simple Stupid). Tips like #4 (believe in yourself) may seem simple, but that's the point of Batchelder's message—fancy leadership advice doesn't always lead to the greatest R.O.I. She also says it's vitally important not to listen to your critics unless you're sure their advice is well-intentioned and, after reflection, makes sense.

*See:   Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, about how very smart people caused a major company to collapse.