Everybody follows but not everybody leads. No leader ever rises beyond their thinking faculties. In leadership envisioning, thinking is the real work. It is the tool leaders use to convert ideas to initiatives, perform set of actions, transform task to reality and achieve success. Strong leadership starts with great thinking and great thinking produces performance and success.
For young and upcoming leaders, the methods of thinking listed below can influence their leadership styles greatly.
- One solution thinking. This is the most rudimentary form of thinking where the leader believes that only one solution exists to myriad of problems confronting their group. One solution thinker leaders often exhibit mental laziness and are not ready to explore more options for leadership exercises that demand resilience and persevering approaches.
- Multiple solution thinking. This is a matured way by which leaders seek solutions to their challenges by exploring multi-dimensional approaches to solving problems. Multiple solution thinking has the aim of creating and engaging workable and cost effective solutions that will result in high performance and success.
- Comparative solution thinking. The leader outlines various solutions adopted to resolve different circumstances and compare their merits and demerits in terms of appropriateness, cost, result, time-frame, environmental factors and impact.
- Attributive thinking. This happens when a leader breaks issues down into various attributes and focus on their features in particular as a way of harvesting the benefits. Through attributive thinking, a leader sees long term possibilities of derivable benefits, from a part of a whole by taking one idea from an attribute and ascribing it to another in order to generate new ideas. Leaders use attributive thinking to solve complex problems when they think through physical, social, psychological and aesthetic attributes of a thing in order to resolve it’s complexities.
- Systemic thinking. Leaders sees their actions as part of a system comprising of several linkages and interaction with other actions that form the whole system. System thinking helps a leader to map both similar and dissimilar parts of a system and assess how it affects the entirety of their systems.
- Big solution thinking. Leaders engage in big solution thinking through projections by designing outcomes that will exceed their ordinary efforts. Big solution thinking is a key that help leaders face challenges with optimism and a strength of a conqueror.