Knowing the difference between managing something or solving something is critical to the resilience of a leader.
Is it a problem needing a root cause solution?
Is it a necessary tension required in achieving excellence and at times needing to be managed?
There are some tensions we want to keep active because it helps us as a team reach the very best decision possible. These tensions require diversity, dialogue, and psychological safety. And sometimes they can feel like a problem.
However if you treat every tension like a problem to be solved, you just might position yourself to get “yes-ed” right off a cliff.