How Leaders Make Tough Decisions

June 1, 2017

Making tough decisions is not something that comes easy, but it’s an indispensable quality of the true leader. After all, sometimes a tough decision is all that’s left, and someone has to make it. Although there’s no correct guide to making such decisions, there are certain tips that can reduce the weight of heavy decisions and help the leader choose the right direction.

Admit your mistakes 

Nobody is perfect, not even leaders. Don’t expect that everything you do is perfect and remember that we all make mistakes. Mistakes don’t signify that the leader is bad. It is leader’s reaction to mistakes that matters the most. If a leader has made a mistake and continues to defend himself and his false ways, that’s a sign of a bad leadership. On the contrary, if mistake is admitted once it occurs and the false direction changes to the correct one, that’s a sign of a wise leader. That kind of behavior builds trust in a leader and shows his vulnerability and openness.

Trust your team 

Good leadership is always accompanied by selecting the right people. Productive work in a team like that can’t happen without trust, because trust and respect are the basis of outstanding relationships. When it comes to tough decisions, it’s crucial to remember why the people in your team were selected in the first place. Respect these people and never betray their trust, because trust is hard to achieve and easy to lose.

Don’t surrender to tradition 

Traditions make us who we are, but they don’t define us. Therefore, a creative leader shouldn’t give in to traditional decisions just because they helped in the past. He or her should seek new options and think outside the box.

Value people and relationships

When you are about to make a tough decision, never forget about people and relationships. In some cases, compromising relationships seems to be the only option, but it’s a false impression. There’s always a way to save the relationships and that’s the task of the true leader.

Use reason

Decision making skills should definitely include this one. Don’t follow the first emotional reaction. Instead, take a step back and study the matter from different angles. The more points of view you will have the better decision you can eventually come up with. Weight all options very carefully and make sure that decision you have made is reasonable and explainable.

Use your gut

Leadership qualities are incomplete without the ability to listen to your guts. It’s contradictory to the previous point, but no one can deny the fact that sometimes worst decision are considered very carefully. A lot of times, great opportunities are missed because you analyze things too much . On the other hand, some people say that following the gut instinct can only lead to the foolish decision. Well, I think if it leads to the foolish decision, it’s not your gut instinct. You just have to learn to use it and keep a balance between your gut and your brain.

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