Solution-oriented is an essential trait to all managers and leaders.
What is a Solution?
When it comes to overcoming difficulties in life, a solution is something that is applied in order to deal with or end a problem.
There are many ways in which to tackle an obstacle. A solution represents the optimal approach to overcome a difficult situation.
What is a Solution-Oriented Person?
A solution-oriented person is someone who is focused on solving the problem rather than playing the blame game.
A person who aims at solving the problem is someone who immediately starts finding solutions. They do not care about whose fault it is. Instead, they understand how important it is not to waste time and dive head-first into the decision-making process.
For example, solution-oriented leaders know how to resist answering problem-oriented questions and quickly move forward with answering the “how” matter of the subject.
A solution-oriented mindset requires critical thinking and outside-the-box insight.
To become a solutions-oriented leader, one must leverage their creativity to bring to the surface solutions that appear hidden behind the problem itself.
But not everybody inherently has these traits. For those of us who still ask “who” before “why” or “how,” we must discipline ourselves first.
Oftentimes, people fall into the trap of finding a scapegoat or blaming others for the problematic situation. The trick is being able to shift the focus on solutions.
How to be More Solution-Oriented?
Embrace an Objective mindset
When presented with a problem, try to remove personal attachments to it. Try to see it as it is, as clearly as possible without reacting to emotional triggers.
Maintain a Positive Attitude
More likely a positive mindset will attract a positive outcome. It is imperative to try to steer clear from frustration, blame or negativism as much as possible.
Worst case scenario, you can say you have learned something of value from the experience.
At the end of the day, your best teacher is your last mistake.
Even though having a plan is highly recommended, especially in crisis situations; being flexible will help you along the journey. Sometimes things don’t go as anticipated and in situations like that, switching from plan A to plan B to plan C is the best thing you can do.
The best leaders understand that they can not be omni experts. Opening up to team collaborations will immediately add value to the problem-solving potential.
The whole team can brainstorm and find a solution quicker than expected.
Developing and evolving as effective leaders might need a little outside help.
Executive coaches specialize in developing people in leadership positions to optimize their performance and manage stressful situations more effectively.
Commitment is key to any successful transformation.