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Your Leadership Orientation: Challenge

“Nothing in this world is complicated, only misunderstood.”

― Chloe Gong, Our Violent Ends

You feel most at home when things are somewhat ordered, but you enjoy the problem-solving journey. You revel in learning alongside others, gathering experts for brainstorming, and analyzing ideas. Yours is the domain of good practice.


People know they can rely on you to keep people focused and facilitating solutions for complicated problems. You know how to get the right people on projects and how to lead them in robust, important discussions that prioritize key factors.


You work best in contexts that reward patience and persistence. Your leadership gift is in motivating people with a vision to change things for the better. Sometimes, though, you try to solve unsolvable problems, where experts might not be able to respond, or situations are too volatile. Moreover, you can find yourself excluding those whose expertise doesn't match what might be an arbitrary standard.


3 Quick Tips for Calibrating

Your Leadership Compass

1) Include More Than You Think

It's easy to get comfortable calling on the same experts or leadership team to approach problems in your context. But don't forget the importance of including diverse perspectives of all kinds. People of different races, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, and levels of the organization can all contribute meaningfully to processes you host. You just need to make a little more space at the table, while providing appropriate facilitative structures.


2) Watch for Unpredictability

Even when you've gathered all the right people, sometimes situations aren't problems to be solved; they're mysteries to be lived (thank you, Nietzsche). What may seem ordered and solvable may shift, so you'll need to be extra-sensitive to signs of change. But don't fight it! Let go of what you can't fix and look for opportunities to take "shallow dives into the unknown" to spur innovation.


3) Don't Overcomplicate Things

Sometimes you'll discover that you're overthinking a problem that you've solved before. Is the context similar enough that this problem can be systematized? Do you really need to gather more data? Seek more experts? Or is something working for you? Mind your time and energy by remembering: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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