Decisions, as we all know, are the catalysts for action. When we make a decision we make a positive and active choice to pursue a particular course of action.
So what are 7 key benefits of taking decisions as a leader?
The first benefit is that the more action you take the greater your chances of success. If we think about it very few things work out perfectly first time around. At the same time we can always tweak and adjust which is always easier than starting with a blank canvas.
Secondly, you build self-confidence. We all have moments of doubt and this is perfectly normal. Yet sometimes even people who are highly successful lack self-confidence. Taking decisions usually leads to actions, which produces a result. When we feel like we have achieved, we become more confident.
Next, you get feedback on what is working and what is not working. Often people see feedback, especially negative feedback, as being bad and so resist asking for it. On the other hand, if we change our perspective and see it as an opportunity, then things seem very different.
Fourthly, decisions get you on course to delivering results. Yes, you might have to change course many times along the way but so does the pilot of an aircraft.
Next is that people are more likely to view you positively if you get a reputation for being someone who gets on and makes things happen, rather than standing on the sidelines.
Benefit six is that you are going to find it much easier to have more followers if you get a reputation as being someone who delivers, breaks through the barriers and pushes the boundaries.
Finally, every time you take a decision that doesn’t quite work out as well as you expected, you get a ton of learning. In some ways setbacks are where the real learning is, even for the most successful.
The truth is that as a leader, the ability to make decisions is not optional but key to your success and results.
Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps professional people to beome highly effective leaders and managers. Sign up for his free audio e-course Leadership Success
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.