Episode 21: Leaders Are Decisive

Three steps to help the decision-making process:

 

1) Leaders Utilize Resources

  1. Who you follow.
  2. Who is following you. 

These are the most valuable resources around us. 

Who are the three most successful people that you know in life, PERSONALLY?  

“You just have to be good with numbers, and with people.” The Pursuit of Happiness

You have to be good at your craft.

You have to be good with people. 

There is no great leader who is not great with people. 

There is no way that you can be an effective decision maker if you don’t have the right people around you. If your people dislike you so much that they do not give you the information that you need, then there is no way that you will be able to make decisions to better the company in any way.

QUESTION: Do you involve your followers in the decision-making process? 

When you utilize the resources that are right in front of you to get as much information as you can, you inevitably improve your ability to make decisions. 

 

2) Leaders Utilize Schedules

“Time cannot be managed. It cannot be controlled in any way. Everyone gets the same number of hours and minutes every day. Nobody—no matter how shrewd—can save minutes from one day to spend on another.…” 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell

You cannot manage time, you can only manage yourself. 

  • Decide your priorities 
  • Communicate them clearly and in advance.
  • Put everything on the calendar. 

 

QUESTION: Are you prioritizing each part of your job role and responsibilities properly? 

 

When we start to figure out what is and is not important in business, life, and everything for that matter, it will start to affect your decision-making process. 

 

Prioritizing your schedule will help you to allow time to focus on what is important.

 

QUESTION: On a scale of 1 to 10, how good are you at evaluating within the decision process?”

 

3) Leaders Utilize Uncertainty

The problem with life is that there is a lot of uncertainty. 

Leaders thrive on uncertainty, because it creates opportunity to make a positive impact on the people that they lead.

Amber, talk to me about uncertainty andHow it has changed for you in the decision-making process over the past few years.

“What would a great leader do?”, Andy Stanley 

Leaders do not have the luxury of living with “analysis paralysis.” 

 

MO’s Final Thoughts:

Remember, all of us have different habits during the decision-making process. Some people go with their gut, while others do not. Figure out how you approach decisions today and how you need to make adjustments to that approach, so that you can start making better decisions.

In episode seven of the HBO series, band of brothers, first Sgt. Lipton says about his commanding officer, First Lieutenant Dyke, “Dyke was not a bad leader because he made bad decisions. He was a bad leader because he made no decisions.”

Figure out your process. Make good decisions. And manage those decisions.

 

Amazon Book Links:

How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie - https://amzn.to/2MD12o1

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell - https://amzn.to/2O4tr6Q

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey - https://amzn.to/2RjOUtV

 

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