In most situations, when a problem arises, the initial reaction is to search for an immediate solution. However, this solution is typically just a quick fix. Like putting a band-aid on a bullet wound, it won’t last, and you will have the same problem come up again. Lasting solutions stem from thoughtful leadership consideration through collaboration and questioning.
The solution isn’t always obvious
Organizational leaders are admired for their qualities and often looked at for quick solutions. Leaders’ qualities often include problem-solving, but as business leaders are incredibly busy balancing internal and external needs, stopping everything to resolve a single problem isn’t always an option. In these situations, leaders often implement the first quick fix considered. However, as business practices evolve, it is essential to establish long-term problem-solving.
The New Leader: Collaborative and Inquisitive
In today’s world of business, not only is understanding the problem important but recognizing the root of it facilitates its resolve. By assessing why a problem is occurring leads to long-term solutions. To do so, leaders should:
1. Ask questions
Consider meeting with involved employees individually and as a group.
2. Brainstorm to define the problem and goal
Bring the team together (including a few fresh eyes) and understand the status. Consider: Where are we now? Why are we stuck? Where should we be/where do we want to be?
3. Collaborate for a solution
As a team, look at the problem, goal, and past examples to determine the right path (aka a solution). Ask questions, listen, and create a framework for how the solution can be resolved in the present and the future.
By taking the time to facilitate a group effort, solutions are effective. They incorporate the team’s experiences, opinions, doubts, etc. to determine a thoughtful path that everyone is confident in. As collaborative problem-solving becomes more impactful, the business industry begins to recognize some of the most important leadership qualities are considered feminine.
Feminine leadership qualities
Leadership qualities, like cultural values, are “masculine” or “feminine” in nature. Characteristics such as compassion or kindness are considered feminine, whereas aggression and dominance are considered masculine. Today, businesses and employees thrive off of strong, caring cultures that include feminine qualities – and, some of the most sought-after leadership traits are feminine.
Feminine leadership is built on teamwork and mutual empowerment. By advocating for your team to collaborate, you foster a positive work environment that produces happy employees. When your team feels valued, your brand benefits both culturally and economically. According to Forbes, companies that reflect feminine traits turn up to 10% greater revenue.
As a leader, consider adopting these feminine traits for a stronger workplace dynamic:
- Give your team a voice – ask open-ended questions and invite growth.
Start questions with: “How can we…” “What if…” “What do you think…?”
- Effectively communicate – the good and the bad
- Promote creativity and collaboration
- Be human – show your team that you’re open, honest, emotional, and vulnerable
Adopting feminine leadership qualities in your team will help create a work environment that thrives on collaboration, creativity, and questioning. With such practices, your team will lead you to a long-lasting solution that IS the right answer.
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