The skill of problem solving is one of analysis, creativity and discipline. When you are able to effectively solve problems, your value to the organization increases. More importantly, however, is what happens to the perception of those you influence.
The great leaders of our time in business, politics, etc., were a lot of different things, not the least of which was problem solvers. We all look upon someone with respect and admiration when they “figure it out”. When you sit down with your people and through creative problem solving, “figure it out,” your value to them goes up significantly. Additionally, you teach skills that will avert potential problems you would have had to deal with in the future. When you help people solve problems and you teach them the skills, you are empowering them to be more and accountable.