The leadership trait decisiveness in our lives we are daily challenged to make important decisions

The Leadership Trait Decisiveness

In our lives we are daily challenged to make important decisions. The people we are leading depend on us as leaders to make proper decisions allowing them to do their job.

It is amazing how long we remember leaders that have made a poor or wrong decision. I can remember in 1968 in the State Baseball Playoffs I was on third base with one out. A teammate hit a ball to right field; my coach told me to tag and run no stop, no go no stop. I had run 60 feet back and forth listening to him and finally ran and was out at the plate. We fortunately won that game but to this day I remember it like it happened today. That was a harmless situation where a leader couldn’t make a decision and stand by it.

In reality decisiveness is the ability to make prompt decisions while ensuring they are clear and understood. There will be times when you receive additional information that will cause you to change a decision. The important thing is that your team respects you as they realize you typically make excellent decisions and stand by them.

There is nothing wrong with explaining sudden changes in a decision if you have time to but it isn’t necessary. I have made instant decisions countless times with no intention of explaining why and I have also made decisions where situations changed causing me to rethink my decision. If it was a major decision that impacted a lot of people I would use subordinate leaders to ensure the team understood why we decided to change. What you can’t allow to happen is your team constantly inquiring why you changed your mind. If you are a strong leader that is respected then few will ever wonder why decisions change.

You must display confidence in your decisions so they are totally supported with out question. There will also be occasions when you will bring your leadership team together and ask their opinions. The bottom line is what ever your final decision is that when you walk out the door everyone is in total support of your final decision whether they totally agreed or not.

 You will make numerous unpopular decisions in your life, consider all the information you have then make the one you feel has the greatest possibility of success and stand by it.

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