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Solving problems as a leader


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Solving problems as a leader

  1. 1. Solving Problems as a Leader By: Steve Moore Melgazar Monsanto Reporter .
  2. 2. Are you a leader or a follower? <ul><li>When faced with a difficult problem, how do you react? </li></ul><ul><li>How you face problems is one of the critical factors that help determine how successful you will be in life. </li></ul><ul><li> It is also one of the key qualities of a leader! Leaders solve problems - followers go to leaders to get their problems solved. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The first thing to do when faced with a problem. <ul><li>Is to assume there is an answer out there - it just needs to be found. </li></ul><ul><li>Worrying about the problem gets you nowhere; working towards the answer will get you everywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>Know that YOU control your attitude and thoughts about any given situation. Leaders control their attitude and focus on results. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The next thing is to collect all the facts about the problem. <ul><li>Most problems are not as big as they seem at first, once everything is known. </li></ul><ul><li>Facts will help you find a better solution, faster. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing this is the next step you can remove the emotion out of the situation. </li></ul><ul><li>If someone comes to you with a problem, simply begin asking questions and gather the facts. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes you have to dig to get to the real problem! How do you dig? </li></ul><ul><li>Keep asking questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders are good at asking the right questions- and at listening. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Then decide… <ul><li>Is this really a problem that needs solving? </li></ul><ul><li>How bad is the problem? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the worst thing that could happen if it is ignored? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These help put things in perspective, and oftentimes everyone will realize that the problem is not as annoying as they seem. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leaders keep things in perspective to what they really are. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. If the problem does need solving- <ul><li>consider what actions you might personally do that could solve the problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm all ideas and write them down. </li></ul><ul><li>If the problem came from someone else, consider what HE can do to solve it. </li></ul><ul><li>It's usually better to teach someone how to solve their own problem than do it for them. </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders show you how to do it, not do it for you. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Consider what research you might do to solve the problem. <ul><li>searching the internet, </li></ul><ul><li>asking other people, </li></ul><ul><li>reading books. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don't make the mistake of thinking you are all -knowing and that your first instinct for an answer is necessarily the best. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bounce your ideas off from other people, even if you think they know less on the subject. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes the more you know, the more you can overlook the obvious. Leaders know how to get the information that is out there. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Next, be decisive, pick a solution, and implement it. <ul><li>Sometimes, a quick fix solution is needed followed by a long-term fix. Either way, once you encounter a problem, it needs a solution. Follow through with it. Know when a solution is outside of your control, and decide when to drop and move forward. </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders take systematized steps to solve a problem. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Break the problems into small steps, and then focus on the most immediate steps. <ul><li>Leaders know how to break problems down into their component and then track the progress of each one at a time. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Finally, test and monitor any solutions you implement- don't just assume you're done. <ul><li>Despite your best intentions, any solution may fail- it may even make things worse! </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure it's possible to undo whatever solution you have implemented, and without being embarassed. </li></ul><ul><li>A leader is not ashamed to make mistakes - without mistakes; no progress would ever be made! </li></ul>
  11. 11. And last but not the least. <ul><li>solve your problems with integrity and honesty; otherwise you will never earn the respect of others. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>While this article focused only on solving problems, being a good leader in general is a much larger task, and is worth your effort. The goal of a leader is often simple yet with gratifying end. </li></ul>Recap……
  13. 13. <ul><li>Henry Kissinger stated: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been&quot;. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Jim Rohn said: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.&quot; </li></ul></ul>