Leader is a word that gets dissected and talked about maybe more than any other word in the English language. It is a word that instantly brings connotations and probably people to mind when it is heard. Leaders are looked up to and treated differently then those around them. Being a leader means a lot of different things and there re endless books and classes on being a leader. In this post I want to talk about a component of leadership that I think all leaders have no matter the style or situation. That component is decision making and specifically the willingness to make a decision even when they know that the decision could in fact be the wrong one.
In Patrick Lencioni’s “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” he writes “…the leader must be comfortable with the prospect of making a decision that ultimately turns out to be wrong.” This is an extremely important element of leadership. It is easy to make a decision when all the information and is laid out and you know it is the correct one. We make decisions like that all day. It’s not necessary to be a leader when making an easy decision. It is when those hard decisions must be made that a leader becomes necessary. There is a level of confidence a person needs to have make a decision that ultimately may turn out be a negative for their team.
This is why leaders are so looked up to in our society. When no one else wants to act, they make a choice that if it is the wrong choice may end up with bad repercussions for their team and themselves. It could end up costing them their role as leader.
I believe that everyone plays the part of a leader in some aspect of their life. It is important to pay attention to when you are in these rolls and making these hard decisions. Each one can be used as a building block towards developing into a better leader in other areas of your life. Building up that confidence to make the hard decisions when those around you will not.