How Solutions Oriented Leadership Improves Employee Retention

Dr Rick Goodman
6 min readJun 1, 2022


When I was doing the research for my book The Solutions Oriented Leader one fact became apparent. Great organizations understand how solutions oriented leadership improves employee retention for several reasons.

Employees don’t want to work for a pushover or a boss. They certainly don’t want to work for someone who lacks values or directions. Our research indicated that employees crave structure, integrity, and vision.

Simply stated they wanted Solutions Oriented Leaders!

It makes sense then, that good leadership can help with employee retention. We know that if you want to keep your best employees from leaving, one of the greatest things you can do is show them some strong leadership and help the to develop as leaders.

Sounds simple, but of course it isn’t! Great leadership isn’t something you can discover overnight, and it isn’t’ something that can be boiled down to five or even 10 easy steps.

With that said, you need to start somewhere. Here are six things that you can focus on to build your team and establish yourself as a solutions-oriented leader.

6 Areas for Leaders to Focus on to Build the Team

  1. Start asking for ideas. Solicit feedback from your team members. Challenge yourself to actively seek out new perspectives at least once daily. You don’t have to act on every piece of feedback you receive; just let employees know that you hear them.
  2. Look at your company’s mission statement. Spend some time thinking about what it means to your practical, daily actions. Reiterate it to your employees. Ensure that your team shares a sense of mission.
  3. Give employees more responsibility. Give them autonomy, without micromanaging or looking over their shoulders.
  4. Invest in coaching — either by becoming a mentor, or by asking someone to be yours!
  5. Get a leadership performance review



Dr Rick Goodman

Leadership Expert at | Author The Solutions Oriented Leader | Motivational Keynote Speaker | Executive Coach, Life Coach, Team Building,