As leaders, we all make decisions. Some of those decisions might appear small and insignificant. As our teams and organizations grow, those decisions might become more impactful, more complex, and with increased frequency.
I have both been that leader and followed those leaders that make one or more of the following decisions that drive me crazy:
- The decision to try to please everyone.
- The decision to always require evidence before ever moving forward.
- The decision to lead via consensus.
- The decision to micromanage.
- The decision to build a team around the leader's idiosyncrasies.
- The decision to believe the leader is the smartest person in the room.
- The decision to not change.
- The decision to not listen to helpful insight from great people.
- The decision to not value outside learning.
- The decision to not think about the emotional impact of a decision.
- The decision to not make hard decisions.
- The decision to not work hard.
- The decision to not really care about people.
- The decision to operate with no vision.
- The decision to not take risks.
- The decision to operate out of insecurity.
I was having a conversation about leadership with my ten-year-old daughter a few weeks ago about becoming a leader. I told her as you influence others both now and when you are my age (very Dad thing to say, right?), always work hard to be the kind of leader that other leaders want to join even if they don't know how to do your specific work. They would just say there's something about you that influences them to follow you. Make decisions that get you to that level of leadership.
Yes, we won't always make the right decision. However, we can position ourselves by working away from one or more of the 16 decisions above. It's at least a start.
What decisions drive you crazy? What decisions have made that were helpful to you as a leader and to those that follow you?