Finding solutions to problems shouldn’t be easy. It’s a bittersweet paradox of frustration, stress, and mentally and emotionally draining work paired with the thrill of excitement, inspiration, courage, and satisfaction that comes with success.
Oftentimes, leaders think they lead by removing barriers and obstacles for their teammates. They claim, “I’m supporting my team by…” E.g. A principal might say, “I support my teachers by removing misbehaving students from the classroom.” We know that removing a student for disruptive behaviors doesn’t provide a long-term solution and furthermore damages the teacher-student relationship.
We also know struggle can produce growth if leveraged in a way that effectively utilizes problem solving and reflection. Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell the butterfly-chrysalis story you’ve heard a billion times.
Written by Clayton Lang:
Samwise was the real hero. He was strong, brave, and intuitive (he knew Smeagol was up to no good). He saved the food and carried most of the supplies. He even carried his friend up a volcano. He defeated some ugly orcs to save his friend’s life. He was the only ringbearer to resist temptation to wear the One Ring.