Leadership And Problem Solving
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Problems get solved better and faster at the lowest level possible, so work with people to develop problem-solving skills. As you grow as a leader, the size of your problems will grow too.Understanding processes is vital to improving the organization.Leaders who understand systems and how they function and are interrelated are better able to solve problems and plan for the future. Too often leaders who want to empower their team are unintentionally doing the opposite.Most leaders, no matter their level in the organization, live with the pressure to perform by way of leading their team well, smoothing out problems in the organization (and possibly with customers), and showing movement on output and goals.If the problem was easy to solve, someone else would have already solved it.As a leader, you already understand the value of solving problems.Could you be one of these best-intentioned leaders who want to empower your team, but the team acts otherwise?Here are three signs they may not be as empowered as you think.Leaders have a more difficult time understanding the past and planning if they don't understand variance in the causes of problems.Another competency related to planning and problem solving is researching.