This is what separates leaders from followers. Managers only think about doing things right where leaders think about doing the right things. The 80/20 Principle is about helping people identify and focus effort on the few things that make a difference. The goal is for you to think 80/20, which will allow you to focus on the vital few versus the trivial many. Without priorities you don’t know what has the most value, so you tend to value everything about the same – which means you have a disaster every hour.
How do people act that value everything the same? The smallest detail that goes wrong throws their entire day off. Or worse, they spend all their time working on something that should not have been done in the first place. If everything is of equal value, then every disaster is of equal consequence and equal pressure. Your ability to continually sort out your priorities, so you can concentrate your time and energy on worthwhile goals is critical as a leader.