When we perform in leadership positions, it is difficult to discern the impact and accuracy of our judgment. We are expected to not just be decisive, but rather accurate and decisive. The aspect of accuracy is hard to measure because being in a leadership position often means inspiring (whether intentionally or merely inherently) intimidation. Subordinate workers, no matter how transparent office culture may be, will always be at least slightly reserved in providing feedback to their superior (you) for what I assume are obvious reasons—like insulting them, inciting resentment, causing miscommunication, the list goes on.
That’s why it’s of the utmost significance we objectively analyze our own decision-making skills and their eventual effectiveness. We must ensure our judgment is sound, and we must rationally analyze said judgment regularly if it is to stay sound. Of course, this is easier said than done. That’s why I provided the list of below tips for your convenience, so you can stay on top of not just your company, but yourself.
Ensure you have all the available facts before making a decision.
Before you make your final decision, ask yourself, “Do I have all the facts?” “Is there anything I’m missing?” “Is there another angle to look at this from?” It can be difficult to register everyone’s point of view on an issue, but it often plays an enormous role in how your decision will ultimately play out. It’s important to recognize the aftermath of impactful decisions so you can prepare yourself accordingly for any backlash—or maybe praise—but likely backlash.
Ask others for their opinion if they were in your shoes.
Do not close yourself off to others’ opinion when weighing your options. Very often, an outside perspective will bring a new dimension to an issue and help you to more wholly understand it from multiple points of view, which as I said earlier, is incredibly significant.
Additionally, it is important to understand that asking questions does not tarnish your image as an expert. Rather, it shows you are perpetually growing, and you value the sentiments of those around you. By connecting with your colleagues, you are fostering a relationship that goes beyond the simple ‘boss-employee’ relationship.
Understand the time constraints revolving around every decision.
Before jumping to a decision, take a step back and look at the contextual time constraints. If the decision does not need to be made immediately, then it may behoove you to let the situation sit. Perhaps more information will surface to help you make a more educated decision. Perhaps circumstances will change, thus changing the nature of your decision.
Impulsivity, unless required by time constraints, is unnecessary and more often leads to mistakes than success. For business, make decisions with your head, not your heart.
Although we must be confident in ourselves, we must remember we, as entrepreneurs, must self-evaluate. We must be objectively introspective if we are to safeguard the soundness of our judgment. Hopefully, these tips help you do just that.