For more than 25 years, I’ve had the privilege of engaging in meaningful conversations with leaders, both individually and in the dynamic settings of conferences. The question that has echoed through these dialogues is one that delves into the core of leadership:

What’s the one thing successful leaders have in common?

Leadership, in my view, resembles a complex mosaic, with qualities like integrity, self-awareness, motivation, and brilliance interwoven. However, within this intricate tapestry, one quality consistently stands out – clarity.

Consider this: no significant accomplishment occurs by chance or ambiguity. Shakespeare didn’t accidentally write Hamlet, and Michelangelo didn’t haphazardly craft the Statue of David. Even President Kennedy’s call to reach the moon was underpinned by resolute clarity.

What’s the indispensable trait uniting all triumphant leaders?


Achievements, both in life and business, are not products of randomness but rather a result of a crystal-clear vision. As Aristotle wisely noted, clarity in defining first principles and priorities is the foundation of greatness.

Now, turning the spotlight to you as a leader – how can you cultivate your clarity?

Consider these three fundamental questions:

In my encounters with leaders who wield influence, leave an indelible impact, and serve as beacons of inspiration, I’ve witnessed them distilling their wishes, desires, plans, and goals into a crystal-clear vision.

The powerful ability to define first principles and priorities is as Aristotle observed thousands of years ago: “the first basis from which a thing is known.” This “thing” is your number one focus.

As you gear towards a new year, embrace the clarity of our summit. Let it be your guiding force through the uncertainties, leading you with assurance towards your goals.

Here’s to having a crystal-clear vision!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.