It is way more exhilarating to find the solution to a puzzle than have it revealed to you. A necessity for any feeling of accomplishment is the feeling of having done it on one’s own.
Our lives are filled with puzzles to solve. The best leaders among us dedicate their lives towards helping us solve these puzzles ourselves.
Great teachers invest in helping students learn by finding answers on their own – by giving them projects and assignments that make them think better.
Great managers understand the motivations of their colleagues and channel it into activities that generate profit for their enterprise.
The best counsellors don’t offer solutions to people’s problems. Instead, they listen without judgement, and thereby help people solve their own problems.
We need to rethink the term ‘leadership’, for excellent leadership is more about helping people find their own path rather than showing them the path to follow.