Leadership Trait to Ponder: Simplicity

Simplicity-Todd-NielsenToday the leadership trait to ponder is Simplicity.  The dictionary defines Simplicity as: the quality or condition of being easy to understand or do; something that is simple or ordinary but enjoyable; lack of subtlety or penetration. Below are some of my favorite quotes to help inspire and illustrate this trait. Simplicity can be one of the most difficult things to accomplish. I have seen compensation plans and processes that were so complicated that all it brought was disdain and frustration towards the leader. As you read these quotes, think about how you can exemplify this leadership trait in yourself.

Quotes on Simplicity


Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~Leonardo da Vinci


Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.”~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Simplicity is the glory of expression.” ~Walt Whitman


“There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.” ~Leo Tolstoy


“The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.” ~Douglas Horton


Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.” ~George Sand


“Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright


“I feel that the simplicity of life is just being yourself.” ~Bobby Brown


“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” ~Frederic Chopin


“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” ~Lao Tzu

What do you think about when you ponder Simplicity? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

About Todd Nielsen

Todd Nielsen helps organizations create miracles of success and profitability through the power of execution. Having served as Vice-President, President, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and Chief Executive Officer of organizations, he has learned how to create a culture that "Gets Things Done." He is passionate about leadership, and is a dynamic and inspirational speaker.


  1. William says:

    There are many enemies of simplicity:- deception, waffle, various interests groups, and even the Jones’ – sometimes keeping up with them is not simple.

  2. The purist simplicity is God.