Leaders can rise through the ranks on the strength of their problem-solving skills. But once at the top, a business leader needs to focus less on fixing problems and more on setting the agenda for what the organization should be doing.
When functional leaders are exercising their skills at problem solving, they are mostly reacting to priorities set by business leaders. Organizations, however, can face a legion of problems, and it is up to these business leaders to decide which to focus on and when. The buck stops with them.
This switch from “problem-solver” to “agenda-setter” is the way of a transition from functional to business leadership