Over the years, Leadership Vision has helped countless teams work through various challenges and helped hundreds of team leaders get unstuck. Sometimes asking for advice from an outside voice can be extremely helpful, but we’ve found that most leaders already know some of the answers to the questions they ask us.
In this episode, our founder and CEO, Brian Schubring, shares five pieces of advice he gives team leaders when encountering challenges. As you listen, think about some challenges you’re facing on your team and use one or all of these pieces of advice to think through your situation.
Advice for Solving Leadership Challenges
We’re always curious about how leaders face challenges on their teams. Over the years, we’ve noticed that leaders often already know the answers when they ask for advice. We believe leaders within their team context are the best fit to find solutions instead of us trying to advise on what we think they should do. Below are five pieces of advice for solving challenges that tap into your existing leadership knowledge and resources.
1. Name the Stress and the Success
All leaders are familiar with the stresses that come from leading a team. So, we encourage leaders to name the stress they’re experiencing and the success it’s tied to. Name what you’re feeling, some of those emotions, and the stressors you are carrying. This can give leaders the right frame of mind to think about possible solutions.
2. Find the Solves
What do you think some of the solutions are for your particular challenge? It might be that you already have the solutions. We recently had an example where we asked a leader about the necessary solutions her team needs to reach their goals. She quickly listed five or six different solutions that were top of mind. She already knew the solutions but had lost sight of them because the stress had clouded her vision.
3. Give Yourself Advice
What advice would you give yourself? This question taps into something most leaders need to know; you have an incredible wealth of resources and leadership wisdom that you often don’t utilize as a resource. Looking within for advice is asking what you know about yourself, what you know about your team, and what you know about the culture of that team. What advice would you give yourself to move forward toward a solution?
4. Identify Your Resources, Reach, and Relationships
Identify your resources, reach, and relationships. Many people just need a moment to ask themselves what resources, reach, and relationships they have to make a challenge go away or to find a solution. We believe team leaders are best in their solutions when they’re in relationship with others.
5. Be Present with Your Team
Every team challenge presents a unique opportunity for individual members to step into the challenge together and find new ways of collaboration. How can you be present with your team? How can you sit with them in the challenge at hand? How can you be present so that other people can wrestle with this opportunity?
Your Leadership Challenges
What challenges are you facing on your team? What new insights came up as you listened to this episode? Connect with us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you!
About The Leadership Vision Podcast
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