The Secret of Good Decision Making as a Leader

"It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are." Roy Disney

Decision-making is a core leadership skill. The secret or trick is to know yourself. Good decisions will grow yourselves, your companies, your team, your family, and your community and will require you to be a bit (sometimes more than a bit) uncomfortable.

Related: Stepping Forward in Leadership

Thoughtful decision-making requires the following:

1. An understanding of yourself and your own value system (clarity here makes all decisions flow)

2. An understanding of the situation and what it means to yourself and others

3. Input from trusted peers who have different and contrary perspectives

4. The desire for personal growth as a leader

5. The willingness to hear the truth when you are in love with an idea or skeptical of it

6. The keen awareness when you decide that you are ready to "take the ride" because you will grow and change


"Do not plant your dreams in the field of indecision, where nothing ever grows but the weeds of "what-if." Dodinsky

Related: How Leaders Make Decisions

Decision-making is the beginning of a journey. Even if you choose to do nothing you are still going to move in a new direction.

"A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." Grace Murray Hopper

Successful leaders know the responsibility to make decisions is the "ability to respond" and they have learned that the odds are often better to move into the unknown, the undiscovered, the unconventional, and the untried because the adventure of growth and discovery is far more rewarding than the mitigating the risk of staying the same....since "nothing stays the same".

"Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions." Author Unknown

Once you are clear on your decision and it is alignment with your values... good change begins to happen. Thoughtful decision-making grows you and others as well as creates strong and positive momentum for all involved.

Good decision-making takes thoughtfulness not time.

"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. " Ralph Waldo Emerson

Continue to thrive!



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