Problems are inevitable in any business, but how you handle them can make all the difference. As a CEO, adopting the mindset of running towards problems instead of avoiding them can lead to more effective problem-solving and a stronger organization overall.
One CEO I worked with for 18 months demonstrated the value of this approach. By actively listening for signs of issues and addressing them head-on, they managed to prevent problems from escalating and impacting the entire organization. This proactive attitude not only resolves issues quickly but also reduces the likelihood of uncovering larger problems down the line.
Tackling problems directly can feel uncomfortable at first, but like any skill, it becomes more natural with practice. Strengthening your problem-solving muscle will help you overcome the initial awkwardness and enable you to lead by example. As a result, your team members will adopt this approach, creating a more responsive and resilient organization.
However, being an effective leader also means acknowledging and managing the “boss” inside your head. CEOs often face self-doubt, imposter syndrome, and an inner critic that pushes them to work long hours and avoid taking breaks. Learning to recognize when this internal “boss” is speaking is the first step towards regaining control and making more balanced decisions.
By listening to your inner voice, you can start to differentiate between constructive advice and destructive criticism. This awareness gives you the power to choose whether to listen to your internal boss or not, ultimately leading to a healthier work-life balance and better decision-making as a CEO.