How to Become a Better Problem Solver and Leader

Over my years, I’ve read a number of books that I would say have changed my life, for a variety of different reasons. One of those is The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, which I recommend wholeheartedly.

The first pages of the book had a profound effect on me. They shook me out of my innate desire for life to be easy, for things to always go my way. Peck wrote:

Once we truly know that life is difficult — once we truly understand and accept it — then life is no longer difficult. Because once it has been accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.

Most do not fully see this truth that life is difficult. Instead, they moan more or less incessantly, noisily or subtly, about the enormity of their problems, their burdens, and their difficulties as if life were generally easy as if life should be easy!

It’s true that life is difficult for everyone. And if life is tough for individuals, its difficulty is multiplied for leaders. Individuals can think me, but leaders must think we. Thinking we means other people are included, and that means their problems are also yours to deal with.

Remember, as Peck told us, life isn’t supposed to be easy. So I want you to consider one of the positive aspects of the many troubles and inconveniences you will face on a day-to-day basis. Because I believe they represent an opportunity for you to step up and gain credibility in the quickest way as a leader. My CEO, Mark Cole, has reminded me that a pragmatist takes things that others see as problems or distractions and turns them into opportunities. Problems hold potential benefits: They introduce us to ourselves, to others and to opportunities.

Whether you want to receive an opportunity to lead for the first time or you already have leadership responsibilities and desire to make an impact, problem solving affords you unique opportunities. Grow in this area by answering these three questions.

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