There’s never a QUICK way to the top of leadership. This takes hard work, lots of time, and plenty of effort.
However, if you’re looking for a way that will get you noticed and help you rise in your level of leadership. Look no further.
The way to get noticed as a leader is to be someone who seeks out and offers solutions. Solutions to the little problems. Solutions to the big problems. Solutions that will help others.
Solving problems and getting things done is what a leader does. So look for those solutions.
Why Be A Solutions Seeker?
There’s a simple reason to be a solutions seeker. When you constantly seek out new solutions, you’re able to find new ways to accomplish difficult tasks. You’re able to put together a way to do the impossible.
Solution seekers know there’s always a way. And they’re on the lookout for it. They can use past experiences and apply it to situations many people wouldn’t think you could.
This lends itself well to leadership. Leaders are leading the way, moving into new territory, and bringing others along with them.
There will be many times when you won’t know the definite path. You might have an idea but you will hit walls.
However, when you’re seeking solutions you’ll be able to find ways to tear down the wall that’s blocking you.
This is why you need to be a solutions seeker.
How To Be A Solutions Seeker
You want to be a solutions seeker now, don’t you? Come on, I know you do.
Now that we know you want to learn how to be a solutions seeker, let’s break it down.
Learn to learn from every situation: It’s time to stop thinking each event in your life is an isolated incident. It’s not.
Be aware of what is happening around you. Who’s doing what. What do things look like? How long are things taking?
Think about these questions as you experience life. I’ve thought these things while whitewater rafting, ice climbing, and zip-lining. They’ve helped me to shift my paradigms and see leadership principles where I didn’t before. It’s helped me to see new solutions.
Be willing to tinker: Thomas Edison has been quoted as saying “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas was willing to tinker with an experiment until he found a viable solution. He sought out solutions to problems.
Don’t let a failure or two (or even 10,000) derail you from seeking out a solution. Tinker with what you’re doing until it works.
Collaborate: When we’re working alone, it’s easy to put the blinders on and spotlight only one or two solutions. It’s hardwired into our brains.
This is when you need to call in others. Ask your friends, family, team members, and those outside of your industry for input. When you go to unlikely sources, you’ll get unlikely answers.
The crazy part is, these unlikely answers are likely the solutions you need to move forward. Seek them out!
Question: What’s your way of being a solutions seeker? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.