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From "Leaders to Follow"--thoughts on how leaders make problems

One sure sign of leadership is this: leaders make problems.
Or to put it another way, leaders bring existing problems up to the surface and provide solutions. This is the key task of leadership.

Where do problems come from? Most organizations will, over time, develop problems. Whatever systems and worldviews were in place when the organization was founded will prove to be inadequate to deal with the changing situations and circumstances that are part of living.
In “healthy” organizations, it’s acknowledged that things change and expected that new methods and strategies will be needed to adjust to these changes. There is space and light for solutions to emerge in an organic way as these anticipated problems emerge.
But in organizations that have too much at stake in defending the status quo, problems are seen as failures or mismanagement. They are shameful and must be hidden. And in their hidden places, they may die a natural death (as is hoped), but too often they fester and produce …

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