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Silver Lining

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No matter who you are or where you are in life, we all run into problems from time to time. Whether it’s the minor inconvenience of catching a cold right before a big presentation or a large issue like losing an account to a competitor, there will always be bumps in any business’ road to success. What sets good leaders apart from poor leaders is their ability to see the silver linings in bad situations.

So what are some of the best ways to see opportunities when problems arise? We’ll be breaking down three ways leaders can find benefits in their problems with our “Silver Lining” blog series! Read on for the first way. 

1. Leaders Know That Problems Can Encourage Knowledge and Growth

The interesting thing about problems is that sometimes the more you encounter, the better you become at finding creative solutions. If you’re logging onto a new management system, you’ll face features you don’t know how to use standing between you and completing a task.  But the more problems you work through, the better you understand the system for ease of use in the future. 

A good leader understands that a problem is an opportunity to gain more knowledge. This might manifest as talking with an employee about a communication issue to better understand how they think and operate. Or it might be a problem in the IT department that will ultimately help you better understand the system. Good leaders seize these problems as opportunities to educate themselves on their businesses. They’ll also lead their employees to learn alongside them to strengthen their own problem-solving skills.

Want to learn more ways to find the silver lining in an issue? Check back soon for two other tips to come in our “Silver Lining” blog series! 


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