What’s Required for Good Decision Making

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One reason you’re in a leadership position is because you have the ability to make good decisions. Good decision making requires steady emotions and a peaceful mind.

You’ve already learned that, but what about your new and front line leaders?

Do they connect the dots between decision-making ability and emotional well being? (Occasionally check in with the leaders who report to you to make sure they are staying grounded.)

Pride, vengeance, superiority, hatred, and a “haughty spirit” are states of being that contribute to imbalanced decision making.

If one of your leaders is struggling, angry, or overly emotional, meet with them and share the self-management tip below.

Here’s some old wisdom to share with new leaders: 

When you are upset, feel what you feel then become silent.  Don’t take action until you’ve processed your emotions.

Once you have become calm, don’t use that as an excuse to avoid a conversation. The very fact that you were angry, emotional or disappointed means there’s a conversation that needs to happen. 

Remind yourself of your values and get off of the tracks about who is to blame. Take responsibility for your inner landscape first.

Then take action that’s aligned with mission, vision, values and policy.


Marlene Chism