Decisions, People, ImpactOct 31, 2023
Leaders have a long list of responsibilities to fulfill, and one of those responsibilities is making decisions. When making a decision, the leader must respond in a timely manner, often deciding things on the spot. However, we still expect them to be informed and consider the various outcomes that might result from such decisions. This places a significant amount of pressure on the individual, and yet, they do not shy away from the challenge. Leaders are adaptive, and they strive to act in a way that benefits everyone.
The relationship between leaders and followers is unique because it is mutually beneficial, and without one, you cannot have the other. When making important decisions, the leader takes into consideration how their followers will be affected. Leaders help craft a vision for their team, and each decision that they make is in support of that long-term vision. While managers mostly focus on the tasks at hand and what is required to complete those tasks, leaders are heavily focused on the people of the organization. They pull on individuals’ strengths and encourage them to be better. Leaders guide, empower, and inspire their team.
When a leader cares for and respects those who follow them, they make ethical, informed decisions. They recognize the impact they have on others and take that responsibility seriously. They know when to make a quick decision and when to be a little more deliberate in the decision-making process. The ability to discern between these two scenarios allows the proper allocation of time and resources.
In the business world, the decisions that a leader makes can have significant consequences, but those who are able to make timely, informed decisions can help steer their organization to success. The next time you have to make a split decision, pay attention to how you react. Do you panic when someone asks you a simple question like, “Red or blue?” Some people shut down and blurt out the first thing that comes to mind. However, if you consider your options and the effects of choosing each one, then you will be better off in the long run.
Once you master the ability to make simple decisions on the spot, you will be more prepared to make bigger decisions down the line. When you get good at making decisions and understanding the effects those decisions will have on others, those decisions will more consistently have a positive impact.
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