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Leaders Should Welcome Unsolved Problems

“Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.”

Legions of leaders subscribe to this mantra, and often they learned it from a leader they once reported to. In cultures where action is prized, leaders don’t even have to say it. Everyone knows it’s solutions, not problems, they are supposed to be talking about.

What better way to create personal accountability, right? You think that by delegating problem-solving, direct reports will learn to stop aimless complaining and take decisive action to control circumstances.

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