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Making difficult decisions: things to consider

  • Consider what makes this decision so hard for you, then deal with it and learn from it.
  • Know the environment and influencing factors in which the decision is being made. Try to understand the urgency, circumstances, culture, and expectations of those involved. All of these will ultimately influence your decision.
  • You're not in this by yourself. Become familiar with the capabilities and resources available. Knowing other leaders to reach out to can make a big difference.
  • Understand the impact, both individually and organizationally. Putting yourself in the shoes of the affected party will better reveal the effect of a particular decision.

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It is difficult for leaders to make tough decisions; some will often abandon their responsibility because they don't want to act on a tough decision or carry the load of the outcome.

Good leaders will remember that they have the responsibility and the obligation to use their authority ...

  • Don't panic. A tough choice means an increased level of difficulty, dilemma, and anxiety. Recognize that it exists, reducing the stress when you can, and don't allow it to escalate to panic.
  • Clearly identify the issue. Pause to get clarity. Be prec...

  • Dealing with hard decisions is an obligation. When you accepted the mantle of leadership, you accepted the authority and the responsibility.
  • You can't hope the issue will resolve itself. When leaders don't want to take ownership of the outc...

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