Place Your Attention on Solutions, Not Problems

Leadership is about Solutions, not Excuses!

Problem Analysis Solutions

Be solution focused and you will be unique among your classmates and in the corporate world. Too few people think about how to solve a problem. They’d rather just sit around and complain about it. And I’ll bet you know plenty of people who are really good at complaining, don’t you?

True leaders are willing to do things others aren’t.

One thing they’re willing to do is to not sit around whining about what went wrong and whose fault it is. A key to leadership is to always give to the team credit for any great feat they accomplished, and also take the hit when something they do goes less than great. Your standing up and taking the blow will earn you many loyalty points.

Take responsibility for your leadership. Learn from the experience and move on.

Let others see and hear you staying solution focused.

Discuss the problem only long enough to define it so that you can move onward and upward.

Anyone moving forward will make mistakes. The key question is how quickly do you recover?


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Leaders have Direction and Share it with their Teammates

 Great leaders are always clear about the direction they have for their team and will always keep them informed. 

Leaders have Direction and Tell their Teammates about it.As the leader, you’re responsible for letting your team know what the goals are. 

One of the biggest frustrations people have when they work in groups is that the leaders don’t give clear guidance on what the target is.

Your team can’t hit a bull’s eye when they don’t even know where the dartboard is.

State your goals clearly, and even consider posting them for all to see.  People are very visual, and you can help them stay focused and motivated by having a clear picture of where they are now in reaching their goals, and how much further they have to go.

Leaders Lead by Example

Lisa, new to the Student Government Association at a Big Ten university wrote to me to say that from her first SGA meeting, she knew she was in a great organization.

“The president is always on time, on the point of the agenda, and respectful of every member of the SGA, even us freshmen!”

More than anything, how you act consistently will tell people the kind of person you are.

It so easy to talk about what should be done; it’s quite another thing to actually do what should be done. People are noticing not what your words say, but what your actions say.

Lead by example and lead from the front.

What this means to you is consistently being on time to meetings (and by the way, end them on time, too), finish projects by the deadline, or before, and show respect to others.


Leadership Matters Most During Difficult Times

When your’e in charge, the whole group is noticing how you respond to situations, both good and bad.

Follow Me - Leadership in Difficult TimesKeep in mind that they are especially paying attention when the going gets tough. Leslie from the University of Florida had to remind herself of this when there was a project her group was working on and half the people weren’t doing their share of the work. Nick from a university in Louisiana recalled this when his group thought they were going to get money to put on an event and it fell through at the last minute.

Look, all people can be at their best in good times. The test is how do you behave when the going gets tough? Continue reading “Leadership Matters Most During Difficult Times”