Leaders Solve Problems!

Do you long for carefree days without any problems?  Don’t we all?   

Who might you list as the greatest leaders who have ever lived?  (Please take a moment or two to make your list)

Next to their names write: What problem they solved.

Isn’t it interesting that none of the leaders on your list were simply known by their carefree lives?

Great Leaders are defined by the Problems they solved!

Here is my quick list of just a few:

  • Jesus – saving mankind from separation from God
  • Moses – leading 2-4 million Israelites out of slavery in Egypt
  • David – defeating Goliath
  • Washington – leading the American Colonies to victory in the Revolutionary War
  • Lincoln – abolishing slavery in America and winning the Civil War
  • Susan B. Anthony – fighting for Woman’s Suffrage
  • Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt – defeating Nazi Germany in World War II
  • John F. Kennedy  – the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Martin Luther King Jr. – fighting Segregation & Inequality
  • Jonas Salk – developing the Polio vaccine
  • Nelson Mandela – defeating Apartheid

Today – we are all faced by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

It is indeed a huge Problem!

But what an opportunity for Leaders to Lead!

What are you doing to lead your team during these unprecedented times?  Are you Telling them what you are going to do?  Or are you Asking them what together you might do?

What might be the benefits be of simply asking your staff, clients/customers, competitors and family what together you might do to get through this problem?

What Questions might you ask:

  • Your staff?
  • Your Clients/Customers?
  • Your Competitors?
  • Your Family?

Questions for your Staff:

  • What challenges are you facing with your family?   How might we help?
  • What challenges are you facing here at work?  How might we help?
  • What challenges are you facing in serving our clients/customers?  How might we help?
  • What opportunities might we have to serve our clients/customers better during this time?
  • What else?

Questions for your Clients/Customers:

  • What challenges are you experiencing in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic? How might we help?
  • What are you learning in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic?  How might we learn from you?
  • What might we do together to address your and our challenges related to the Coronavirus Pandemic?
  • What else?

Questions for your Competitors:

(Isn’t it interesting that in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic we are already seeing unprecedented cooperation between competitors like: Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics, Roche Diagnostics and other companies?   Also how Zoom is making its on-line meeting capabilities available to schools everywhere?

How might you and your competitors work together for the benefit of all to address the Coronavirus Pandemic challenges that you, your staff, your clients and customers are facing?)

  • What might we do together to better serve your and our customers and clients?
  • What are you doing to better serve your staff that we could do for our staff?
  • What else?

Questions for your Family:

  • What are you feeling?
  • What might we as a family do to protect ourselves?
  • Who might we as a family help in our neighborhood?
  • What should be our family plan if one of us does contract the Coronavirus?
  • What else?

What are you asking God for?

Yesterday – Sunday, March 15 was a National Day of Prayer.  Millions of Believers across the U.S. joined together in praying for God to intervene in this crisis.

Psalm 50:15 states: “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me.”

James 4:2 states: “You do not have because you do not ask God.”

The Scriptures clearly state – that to key to receiving from God is to simply ask!

So what are you asking God for? 

  • For this current Coronavirus Pandemic to quickly end? 
  • For protection of all our medical workers?
  • For medical breakthroughs in the treatment and prevention of the Coronavirus?
  • For protection for your family and friends, Staff, Clients/Customers and Competitors?

FYI:  I just prayed for you!

For this to be your “Finest Hour!” For God to give you wisdom and favor as you lead during these days of great challenge!  For God’s hand of protection and provision for you – for your family and friends – for your staff – for your clients/customers – also for your competitors.  In Jesus Name! Amen!

Finally – We would all love to learn from you: (please share in our “comment” section below)

  • What questions are you asking your Staff, Clients/Customers, family, friends and competitors?
  • What are you doing that’s working to better serve your Staff, Clients/Customers, family, friends or competitors in the face of the coronavirus pandemic?
Bob Tiede


Bob has been on the staff of Cru for 52 years. He currently serves on the U.S. Leadership Development Team and is passionate about seeing leaders grow and multiply their effectiveness. Bob and his wife, Sherry, live in Plano, TX and are blessed with 4 incredible children and 8 remarkable grandchildren.


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2 thoughts on “Leaders Solve Problems!

  1. Craig Morgan says:

    Great words, Bob.
    Would be honored to share it.
    You reference some great points here.

    Love you,

  2. John Wodka says:

    I appreciate your thoughts. You’re correct, most every great action comes on the heals of something tragic or potentially tragic. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness…” James 1:2-3

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