How to Make Decisions as a Leader
Leaders are responsible for making decisions: Learning how to make the best possible decisions--and to do so in a way that generates buy-in from the team--is a critical part of learning to lead.
- The Leadership Challenge, by Michael Roberto
Chapter 1 of the book, Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer.
- Good Choices: Making Better Decisions by Knowing How Best to Decide, by Christopher Musselwhite
Excellent article from the Center for Creative Leadership outlining many of the pitfalls leaders face when making decisions and how to avoid them.
A Battlefield Lesson on the Value of Decisiveness
From Paul Smith's Lead with a Story series of podcasts.
Why Great Leaders Don't Take YES for an AnswerMichael Roberto argues that one of the most important things a leader can do when he/she needs to make an important decision is to decide how to decide. The process chosen by the leader can have a huge impact on both the quality of the decision and the organization's buy-in when implementing it. Also discusses how to encourage constructive conflict (to elicit a range of options) while simultaneously cultivating consensus. Includes several public sector case studies, such as the Bay of Pigs and the Columbia disaster. Chapter one is available on GovLeaders.org. Read More...