Making a decision is one of the most powerful acts for inspiring confidence in leaders and managers. Here are five tips for making quicker, more calculated decisions.
1. Stop seeking perfection.
Many great leaders would prefer a project or report be delivered only 80% complete a few hours early than 100% complete five minutes late. Don’t wait for everything to be perfect. Efficient decision makers tend to leap without all the answers and trust that they’ll be able to build their wings on the way down.
2. Be independent.
Good decision makers tend to surround themselves with the best and brightest and ask pointed questions. They don’t ask: “What should I do?” Rather, their query is: “What’s your thinking on this?”
3. Turn your brain off.
Insight comes when you least expect it. Turn your mind off or switch to a different dilemma and give your brain the opportunity to scan its data bank for information that is already stored and waiting to be retrieved.
4. Don’t problem solve, decide.
Decision making often relies more on intuition than analysis. Deciding between vendors, for instance, requires examining historical data, references and prices. But the tipping point often rests with your gut. Which feels like the right choice?
5. Admit your mistakes.
If your feelings steered you in the wrong direction, correct the error and ’fess up. Even making the wrong decision will garner more respect when you admit you’ve made a mistake and you resolve it, than if you are habitually indecisive.