… you make decisions.
Decision making is a very frequent topic with those I work with as a Coach. I was once doing a Branding workshop for some executives. One of them was concerned about a perception indicated from a recent employee sat survey. His people said that he never involved them.
I asked him how he made decisions. He said that he would gather some info from others and decide. I asked him if this was his process for every decision and he said yes. My first thought? Duh!
While he thought it was okay to decide and announce everything, other leaders think it’s okay to build consensus on every decision. Neither are a correct choice ‘all the time.’ If you decide and announce everything, your folks will think you never care about their thoughts. If you try to get consensus on everything, people will think you can’t decide your way out of a wet paper bag.
So realize this … there are three factors to consider as you make effective decisions as a leader:
How much time do you have to make the decision? Who should be involved? How much ownership can you give away in making the decision?
I’ve learned this – People don’t want to know everything about every decision to feel like they are getting the straight story from a Leader. They simply want to know how you will make the decision and how it will affect them.