Leadership is one of the most fascinating studies a person can undertake. You find people in specific situations, in nearly impossible circumstances, faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. It takes truly remarkable people to step forward during times like that and put themselves into the fray.
Not all leaders are guiding nations through world wars or countries through the industrial revolution, many lead quietly and will not have books written about them or movies filmed recounting their lives.
Still, no matter the leader, whether famous, infamous, or reticent, there will always be one thing they have in common: challenges. And, as the job description goes, it falls on their shoulders to find solutions.
Leaders are by nature problem solvers and as luck would have it, according to a recent Huffington Post article, “good problem solvers are good thinkers. They have less drama and problems to begin with and don't get overly emotional when faced with a problem. They usually see problems as challenges and life experiences and try to stand above them, objectively.”
It means combining logic and intuition to find the best solutions and making good use of both sides of the brain to be “reasonably open minded but logically skeptical.”
Here are 10 practices of solid problem solvers, courtesy of the Huffington Post:
Google “leadership book” and you will find over three billion results. Leadership has been pivotal to the success of humanity and of modern civilization as we know it. Granted there are different schools of thought in leadership: are some leaders born with intrinsic motivation and traits that automatically make them more successful in leadership roles? Or are they simply more motivated to learn about human nature, motivating others, and learning about themselves in order to be the best versions of themselves and the best possible leaders? That debate is ongoing. What I am going to say is that it can’t hurt to study it, to absorb some of the wisdom from it and to apply some of the principles in the quest to be better leaders and better people.
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David Barrick is an experienced public administrator within the Greater Toronto Region. For the past 16 years, he has been employed in numerous positions focused on both public and private-facing administration.Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.