Less is more

It seems more and more these days, leaders feel the need to increase the amount of participation in their involvement of others. From the corporate culture to politics, higher authorities are becoming increasingly more interested in their control over the choices and decisions of employees, citizens, and private parties. Is this ethical? How far should a government or corporate leader go in their engagement of their respective community?

In the Christian worldview, it is clear what is needed from us. The Bible is the ultimate word of Truth, and surprisingly, is not complicated when it comes to leading, teaching, and serving others. 1 Corinthians 14:33 explains “For God is not a God of confusion, but of Peace…” Matthew 5:3 teaches that those poor in spirit are blessed with the kingdom of heaven. Finally, Luke 16:13 states “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money”. Simply put, man must simplify his life by leaving behind the worries of the world. This can only lead to Christ alone, who then blesses man beyond imagination. The less man anguishes on Earth, the more he receives in heaven. Less is more.

While compliance sets forth the rule, ethics is about interpreting the moral right and wrong of the rule. Is it wrong to steal a loaf of bread? Is it wrong to steal a loaf of bread to feed a dying family? That’s ethics. For leaders in a business and/or political culture, this principle can create tremendous positive consequence, only if put into action. The great leaders understand the difference between compliance and ethics. Invariably, they have a certain amount of control over employees, just as a government has control over the laws and regulations of the land. This is unavoidable, and is necessary to maintain consistency and harmony within a group of people. But, how the leader values the team will determine how they value the level of control they have.

Great leaders are great teachers. Great leaders worry less about control. This inevitably allows for a greater result in productivity, efficiency, and overall output. This is ethical to all parties, including all other stakeholders involved who benefit from increased profit and earnings. Governments, who spend less time controlling their people, receive loyalty and respect back from them. Less control results in more outcomes. Less control results in more consistency. Less control results in more trust and respect. God teaches us that less confusion is more peace. Less desire to be perfect equals more of the kingdom of heaven.

Less is more.




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  1. wreed1 says:

    While reading this blog post I was intrigued by the statement great leaders worry less about control. By worrying less they achieved more overall. This is so true! I have seen first hand within a company environment when the employees are empowered by their boss. The boss acknowledges the great job they all are doing and how that leads to the success of the company and also the success of the boss. The employees feel good about what they do and want to do as much as they can. Being edified and uplifted does not hurt anyone but especially in a world where corporate leaders want to be in everyone’s business a few words of encouragement make for a better employee.
    Sean Reed

  2. 0402100 says:

    I found your post to be very interesting. Thank you so much for sharing! I agree with the less is more act for Christianity and the government. I feel like the government has over stepped their boundaries for quite some time now. It seems like it is progressively getting worse as time passes. This government control imbalance may be due to our nation becoming more godless. Our country has forsaken the Lord. We are on a dark, evil, and wicked path. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 (New American Standard Version), the Lord said, “My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Our God is so faithful and so good. He promises to heal the land if we turn from our wicked ways. We need to pray for our leaders. We need to ask the Lord to humble our leaders, and that they will pray and seek the Lord, and turn from their wicked ways. He is faithful to hear them and forgive them. He will heal the land if they repent.

  3. 0452347 says:

    I agree that less is more and this principle applies to all levels of interaction, management, and government. Increased intrusion into the lives of subordinates only displays a lack of trust and more importantly it displays a lack of relationship. I believe by creating relationships with those who follow you will allow for increased trust and decreased regulation. You stated that great leaders are great teachers and they worry little about control. I agree with this but I also believe great leaders focus on the individuals and have the ability to balance relationship orientations with task orientations. This ability to balance the two further instills trust, allows employees or citizens to expand their contributions, and has the ability to create and environment for change and innovation. With the dynamics of globalization and our current economic status every organization must be seeking this change and innovation needed to adapt and stay competitive.

  4. Jay says:

    The problem with this approach to corporate culture is that it too often becomes a goal with a forgotten purpose. An end goal of establishing a certain corporate culture ends up becoming and “all stick and no carrot” race to achieve the stated goals without remembering why the goals were created to begin with.

  5. 0038566 says:

    Less can be more- unless humans are involved, then less becomes a lot more in unintended ways. Take for instance the example of Enron, where lax corporate controls (not that SARBOX is all that effective) and the perfect storm of greed and personalities aligned to create one of the worst corporate scandals of all time, ruining the retirements of many ill advised investors and employees. Had there been the *right* amount of oversight and control, perhaps the failure could have been foreseen sooner, and changes made to allow for an earlier course correction or less impactful bankruptcy. Corporate culture is king- and where lax ethics and greed are allowed to flourish due to a lack of insight and control, heartache and suffering will follow. Is the secret to be willing to know what control to surrender to, and what to hold dear?

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