There aren’t many things like a good problem to bring out the best in a leader.

Philosopher Karl Popper wrote, “The best thing that can happen to a human being is to find a problem, to fall in love with that problem and to live trying to solve that problem, unless another problem even more lovable appears.” 

Sounds like a lot of problems to me … But the fact remains, problems push leaders to achieve great things.

So, do you have a problem you are working on? A project that requires added energy and focus? If not, identify something hard and go to work on it. Try to embrace the struggle.

Great leaders are problem solvers. They fix things, solve things, and make things better.

Do you find yourself running from problems or trying to pass your problems on to someone else? If so, you have stepped onto the road to forfeiting your leadership.

Retired four-star general, Colin Powell says, “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

If today finds you bored and disengaged, wondering where all your followers have gone, I suggest you find yourself a good problem. It will bring out the best in you and will certainly serve to inspire your team.

Leadership Begins at Home,


When have you seen a problem bring out the best in a leader?

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