Every leader has strengths and weaknesses. But what every leader must be able to do is effectively solve problems. That does not necessarily mean (s)he has to solve the problem but (s)he must be able to see what resources it will take to get it solved. Today, I looked at my metrics and I’m a bit behind where my counterpart was last year in my role. I see the problem and, within a couple hours, I’ve brainstormed a plan of action that will put people and resources to work so that I am able to catch up within a month. Keeping a cool head at times that would worry others is a requirement for leadership because, fires will come and you, as a leader, will have two buckets. You can either throw the bucket with gasoline on the fire or the bucket with water.
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