How To Tell If You’re a Natural Leader
December 17, 2012 3 Comments
While problems come with being human, I have a theory that the number of problems you face is directly correlated with how you’re viewed as a leader.
Even if your title or rank don’t “officially” make you a leader, but you find that people come to you with problems, there’s a good chance you’re viewed as a natural leader.
I think solving problems is what leaders do. It’s why they get paid the big bucks. (I bet some of you are thinking, “I’ve got a buttload of problems, but no money!”)
So what? If this theory is even remotely true, then the day you’re not solving problems (or up to your a** in fires) is probably the day you are no longer leading.
That’s the day you should be worried. It means your people don’t think you can solve the problems they’re bringing your way, or you’re putting off signals that you don’t want to hear about them.
Or worse, they may think you don’t care. Either way it means they’ve lost confidence in you and your status as a leader is in jeopardy.
It’s not easy hearing problem after problem, but it may come with the leadership territory.
What do you think of this theory? Are the number of problems people bring you an indication of how you’re viewed as a leader?