Decision-Making: One of the Hardest Parts of Being a Decision-Making Leader

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Most Leaders will admit that one of the toughest parts of being a Leader is sorting and screening all data for the best choice of any decision.  Whether selecting a candidate for a position, the ideal location business, or the best approach to a situation, etc., you could likely have times of low self-confidence.  The fact is there can sometimes be too many choices.  The Decision Maker should determine what are the priorities or prime factors for this decision.  The decision shouldn’t be based on something superficial or a factor that fluctuates, but its performance, capabilities, its quality and dependability.

Some Decision Makers have a serious problem making a solid, well-grounded, and clear decision.  I’m sure you have seen some “leaders” try to cover all bases by choosing multiple items or persons, instead of one final choice.  However, that usually just confuses the issue.  A Decision Maker needs to know how to gather factual and accurate data and make a choice based on the criteria you have found to be critical to the success of the item’s purpose.

The process to this decision making should be examined thoroughly multiple times in order to give you confidence in your final choice.  You definitely don’t want to rush a decision and realize later that you overlooked areas or didn’t have all facts.  Once you have examined the focus of your research and are confident that you have selected the best choice, you will feel assured and be ready to announce your decision.

No matter what the general focus of a decision, just don’t (a) rush through it but be thorough, (b) don’t be easily influenced by others, as this is “your” decision, and (c) have specific criteria/factors for the basis of your decision.  You definitely want “your” decision to be “your” decision – not allowing others to persuade you to go with their ideas/thoughts.  Finally, you need to be prepared to “live with your decision”.  If you find out that you made a poor choice or decision, be prepared to accept that responsibility and not dodge it.

You will probably make some bad decisions — this is only human.  When this happens, accept your error and learn from it.  Don’t try to pawn it off or dismiss it — merely, accept this and be prepared to move on.  Another lesson is to keep your ears and eyes open for credible resources that could help with decision making in the future.  Because some decisions may be more difficult, serious, complex and involved than others, and that some of your decisions can GREATLY impact a person’s life, be sure to take this responsibility seriously.  Give each decision your full attention and always look for facts that could provide insight or be a negative impact.

No one is perfect, so be prepared to make mistakes — just don’t rush and give each decision a thorough review, remembering your decisions will likely impact others.  Be open to learn with each step you take.