Sunday, September 20, 2009

Quote for the Week

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.

General Colin L. Powell

2 comments:

Bob S. said...

I'm trying to decide how much I agree with that quote.

It seems that leadership should be about teaching and enabling people to resolve problems on their own.

Leadership should be about identifying issues before they become problems.

There will always be an amount of problem solving required at the highest levels....because they have the biggest levers to move things.

Yet, if your soldiers are taking care of things without you realizing it; haven't you empowered them, haven't you given them the knowledge and ability to stop bringing problems to you?

I see that as leadership; replicating a set of knowledge, skills and abilities at lower levels.

Isn't that what Jesus tried to do? To give the mindset, the concept, the knowledge for people to solve their own problems?
To become more like him?

Interesting word verification: dying.

Not sure if it means anything

Lawyer said...

Bob,

Good comment. I see it as more of a warning to keep communication lines open. Some "leaders" will criticize any attemp to seek advice, or will jump in and solve the problem rather than providing direction. They lead with insult and intimidation.

I'm not that smart, nor am I so important that I can belittle or devalue those I am privileged to lead. I just try to make sure I am reachable. I guess it's more of an active attempt to teach problem solving, more than a detached hope they get it right.

All that aside, you make a great point, as usual.