Leadership: Making Sound Decisions

We make decisions day in and day out. Some are quick decisions we make unconsciously or without a second thought: latte or cappuccino? Regular or dark roast? Bangs, highlights or lowlights? Boot cut, boyfriend or skinny? Others, like marriage, health and family, we question, doubt or agonize over.

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Photo credit iStock

Reflecting back over my years of leadership roles, the colleagues I’ve collaborated with, the data I’ve questioned, the feedback I’ve sought, the attorneys I’ve consulted and the cases I’ve studied, it hit me that as decisive as I like to think I am, I don’t make many business decisions entirely and completely on my own. Am I incapable of independent thought and reason? Are you?

Think about that for a moment and then read the rest of the post, Three Decision-making Pitfalls to Avoid, over at the HCI blog.

Leaders committed to making sound decisions don’t assume they know more than they actually do. They are not crazy. They are smart. They know you cannot mimic your way to leadership. Leadership comes from the core - decisions and all. 

What do you think? 

You've Mistaken Me For Someone Who Cares

I've been a supervisor for many years and oh, the stories I could tell. I listen more than I speak and most of the time, I say what needs to be said. I've learned that I can't make everyone happy all of the time, I have to live with the decisions I make and that humans are funny, funny beings.

I consider myself a thoughtful decision maker and, even in the face of over thinking at times, I get that decisions I make can create disappointment. I get, and honor, that people may need time and space to work through their reactions. What I don't get is the cold shoulder. Come on Virginia-cold-shoulders, do you think this will add anything to the conversation, prove a point or motivate change? Really?! Do you see the flaw in this logic?

I know that these things will pass, they always do. What do you know? Stop for a moment and think before you react. Think about the impression you will make on those around you. Do you think that will pass as quickly?

Peace out.