Stop Making Decisions

Leaders are decision makers.  I heard someone say, “The leader gets paid the big bucks not to make the most decisions but to make the tough decisions.”  However, there are some leaders who feel it’s their job too make most of the decisions and as a result hinder the development of those on their team.  If you want to help potential leaders in your organization grow then give them some decisions to wrestle with.  When you allow others to make decisions you GIVE them a gift and you GET great benefit.

When you give them the power to make decisions you’re GIVING them…

  • the opportunity to feel greater contribution and ownership
  • a greater sense of confidence
  • a greater feeling that you trust their judgment
  • the opportunity to gain leadership credibility among others in the organization
  • experience, experience, experience

On the other hand you GET

  • the opportunity to watch how they  make decisions and see their leadership potential
  • the chance to coach them before, during and after the decision
  • leaders who are increasingly confident to make more difficult decisions
  • a potential successor who could one day take your place

What decisions can you give away this week?  Who will you allow to make the decision?  Why?  (Remember that Why is just as important as What and Who)

The Danger of Indecision

Jim Rohn says, “Indecision is the thief of opportunity.”  Some of my greatest regrets have been times in my own leadership when I struggled with indecision and shortly afterward I watched prime opportunities slip right past me.  You see indecision becomes decision over time.  There seem to be four primary reasons a leader struggles with indecision. 

  1. They’re afraid of failing
  2. They’re afraid of disappointing others
  3. They’re afraid a better opportunity or more information will come along after they have made their decision
  4. They’re afraid to totally trust God for the outcome (Proverbs 3:4-5)

So if you are struggling with indecision keep these things in mind…

  • My indecision may increases my stress level and decreases my ability to think clearly
  • My indecision may injure my leadership credibility with those who follow me
  • My indecision may cause my organization to miss a golden opportunity
  • My indecision may be permitting others who shouldn’t be in control, to be in control
  • My indecision may hurt the morale and momentum of the team
  • My indecision may cause me to miss a miraculous provision from God

In his book War As I Knew It, General George S. Patton wrote: “Don’t delay. The best is the enemy of the good. A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”  Decisions can make or break a leaders confidence and credibility, so decide now to decide well.