6 Ways Leaders Solve Problems

June 13, 2019
6 Ways Leaders Solve Problems

A telling characteristic of a great leader is whether or not they're an equally great problem solver.

Are they preemptive? Are they able to clean up messes quickly?

Problems or obstacles in business are a given. You'll come across one everyday.

Solving or overcoming those obstacles are not. This requires effort and intention.

Here are 5 ways leaders solve problems and crush it, everyday.

1. They communicate.

Leaders are all about open dialogue.

When a problem comes their way, leaders openly express what's on their mind and encourage their team to do so as well.

2. They break down silos.

Did you know that a lot of workplace problems stem from organizational silos?

That's why great leaders encourage collaboration in the workplace!

A collaborative environment encourages communication and engages the team.

3. They avoid blaming others.

We're all guilty of playing the blame game.

But great leaders avoid this all together.

They know that a team's time shouldn't be wasted on finding the culprit, but on finding the solution!

4. They collect information.

Leaders are passionate about data and metrics.

Solving a problem requires gathering all of the facts and then using them as the groundwork for coming up with a viable solution.

You can't beat your obstacle if you don't have the data to back up your next move.

5. They develop a plan.

Leaders are also passionate about developing a strategy.

Once they've identified the root cause of the problem, they will develop a game plan to solve that problem and clean up any mess.

They avoid guessing by connecting the dots and monitoring their plan's results!

6. They're preemptive.

Being preemptive is different from being proactive.

Being preemptive requires that you actually do something to prevent x from occurring. Or, requires you do something that encourages x to occur. The key here is that it requires you take that first step.

The way leaders solve problems is naturally preemptive and they rarely make the same mistake twice.

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