Leaders Get Out of the Problem and Into the Solution, Truth?

by Melody Jean

“Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.”

I came across this quote via Twitter and the tweeter gave credit to Brian Tracy.

Not Sure? Seek a Solution

Not knowing anything about Mr. Tracy, I set-out to learn more. I’m a seeker at heart so in a way I love to find solutions. It’s really just a fact about me, and I’m okay with admitting it. Whether that makes me a leader or not, is not for me to say. I just keep doing what I like doing and all else follows. No pun intended <wink, wink>.

So to find out about this guy, I did as we all do when researching, I googled him. The third result down provided a synopsis, which in short said he’s a motivational speaker, author and life coach. Okay, I thought, fair enough. While nothing was overly striking about his background, I still think it’s a great quote.

Why so Taken?

I happen to agree 110% and it reminds me of something my dad always said. When managing others take note of those who routinely get caught-up in problems. Often he said it’s because they have too much free time and he suggests the best remedy sometimes is to give them more work. Glad my dad’s not my boss, ha!

Purposeful are Both

If you take this quote at face value, those who don’t take the initiative to solve problems, but love talking about them, are followers. Of course there are many other characteristics that contribute to the make-up of both followers and leaders.

Yet, I found the aforementioned quote hit the nail on the head with this differentiating factor. There’s really no good or bad here as the world needs followers just as much as leaders. After all, we can’t have a world full of leaders.

Away What I Take?

In reading this quote, it was a great reminder that if one wants to lead, they can start by thinking differently than followers. That is, get out of the problem and into the solution. Pretty simple really. So thanks Mr. Tracy, whoever you are.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Alysia Raine

A simple quote with a very deep meaning. I enjoyed it very much, thank you for sharing it with me. And by the way, your dad sounds like a wise man.
Brightest smiles,


Melody Jean

Thank you for your kind note. I appreciate the feedback – it helps to keep the juices flowing. All good things to you, and thanks again! 🙂


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