Leadership is all about moving forward and taking action.
When faced with a problem there are two ways to react, either positively or negatively.
Leaders and high performers always take positive actions. Positive actions are actions that directly address the problem.
Positive actions: Immediately assess the problem, determine it’s priority and put a plan in place to fix it.
Negative actions: Complain, do nothing, feel sorry for yourself, ask why this is happening to you (it isn’t), getting mad, lashing out, worrying.
Leadership and management are more about dealing with problems than anything else.
Never in the history of business has someone decided to build and sell something, and it’s all worked out as planned.
Never in the history of humans has someone decided a course for their life and it’s all worked out as planned.
Someone else screwing up, a market changing its course, the competition coming out with a new product, your star team member quitting, a project failing, a server crashing. These are all things that happen every day.
However, they don’t happen to us every day. So when something does happen our natural reaction is to get upset. We feel like a problem is happening to us.
It is not.
It’s happening around us. This perspective is vital to dealing with a problem in a positive way. This is how big issues do not paralyze leaders.
The next time a problem is presented to you, be a leader. Take a deep breath, put your emotions in check, and then start problem-solving.