- He or she is a person of conviction and predetermined principle
- He is a man of extraordinary spirit
- There is no ground of accusation or corruption in him, and
- He is a problem-solver.
Each of these is worthy of discussion in the context of work. Daniel was a government employee (a statesman of sorts) who served as an adviser for two Babylonian kings and two Persian kings. He was well-known for all of the above, including his ability to solve problems. It is said of him in the book that bears his name (5:12) that he had great abilities in the “solving of difficult problems.” In Chapter 5, King Belshazzar was highly troubled with a vision he had while hosting a party of 1000 influential government leaders. He called on his astrologers, magicians, and soothsayers to interpret this vision (5:7). When they couldn’t figure it out, the anxious king called on Daniel. He solved the problem; Daniel interpreted the vision for the king in front of the king’s party guests and was promoted to a very high position!
Os Hillman of MarketplaceLeaders.org addressed leaders in Raleigh, N.C. on March 17, 2011. He stated that, “People want their problems solved. They don’t really care how they are solved, but just that they get solved somehow by someone.” He went on to say that when Christians solve these problems at work- for the company or for a particular individual- they wield great influence and possesses great value to their peers and companies. With the respect that grows out of this ability to solve problems, they become potential agents for (spiritual) change.
Are you solving problems for your employer? As a kid, my father would joke with me. One of his repeated sayings was a question, meant to be funny, that he often asked, “Dave, are you part of the problem or part of the answer?“ Hmmmm. Good question, Dad. And what about you? One criterion that determines leadership greatness at work is the degree of difficulty of the problems that a person is willing to embrace and tackle.
Be a problem-solver! Be willing to tackle the hard issues. Dig in deep to develop solutions for the questions or challenges that your office, company or industry faces. Refuse to run from such challenges. Henry Ford said that “most people spend more time going around problems than in trying to solve them.” Don’t abdicate potential authority or value by waiting or hoping that someone else will step up to the plate. You step up and ask the Lord and your team to help you develop solutions that create healthier workplaces. Do so and you really make today and every day count at work.