5 Things To Consider When Making A Major Decision

Many readers have written in and requested more information on how to make better decisions. Over the next month, we will look at ways you can make better decisions and feel more confident in those decisions.

Every leader constantly makes decisions. From who to hire or fire to where to spend money in the business to how they will approach their team members, leaders lives are about decisions.

People sitting around a brown, wooden table

Photo by Thomas Drouault

The failure to decide on a course of action will derail a leader from making an impact. Leaders have to make decisions.

But what do you need to consider when making a decision? What thoughts should a leader think when deciding on a course of action?

Today, we’re going to look at 5 things to consider when making a major decision.

How To Become A Better Decision Maker

Decisions are a part of all of our lives. Even our furry companions make decisions. I know Lok, my Vizsla, does.

He can choose to listen to my commands. He can choose to obey and be rewarded. He can also choose whether to play, eat, sleep, etc…

Yet, while my dog can make a decision, I wouldn’t want him to lead me. I know you feel the same. You love your pet but you wouldn’t trust his decision making compacity to lead you, your family, or your organization.

Man standing at a path split by a giant tree

Photo by Caleb Jones

If we don’t want to be led by poor decision makers, it would serve to reason we don’t want to make bad decisions either. So, what can you do to become a better decision maker?

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Aquaman

A Reel Leadership Article

The DC movie universe has been hit or miss for quite some time. Leadership at DC and Warner Brothers must have taken notice as Aquaman and Wonder Woman has broken from the pack of new comic book movies and been enjoyable.

Aquaman tells the story of Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) as he steps into his role as the protector of Atlantis. We see the blossoming of his parents, Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) and Tom Curry (Temeura Morrison), romance to his romance with Mera (Amber Heard).

Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Mera (Amber Heard) Standing Together

Photo of Aquaman and Mera

The Aquaman movie was overall enjoyable and well-paced. You want to see a great comic book character brought to life? You will see it in Aquaman. You will also get a well-told story.

But that’s not what you’re here for. You’re here for the latest Reel Leadership article and the leadership lessons in Aquaman. We’ll cut to the chase and get to it.

Leaders & Decision Making: How It Can Badly Impact Others

This Unseen Influence Can Ruin Everything

“Leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing less”

This is leadership guru John Maxwell’s simple, core definition for what leadership is.

It applies in any context like work, family, ministries, and organizations.

I don’t know about you but I find the idea of influence and impact to be highly energizing. Who doesn’t want to see their life have influence and impact?

Decision making can go wrong. Make it go right

Image by Rhys Asplundh

But, influencing lives can have a dark, scary side… at the same time you are influencing others:

Your decisions WILL impact the lives of others… for good or for bad.

That is a sobering reality.

Read on to learn about some hidden factors that can cause your decisions to turn out badly (for everyone)… and what you can do about it.

Making Better Decisions

This post originally published Friday, November 1, 2013 at www.greatleadersserve.org

A leader’s impact, career, reputation and legacy are all determined by the decisions he or she makes. Each week, I respond to a question I’ve received from another leader. Today’s question: How do you make better decisions?

Have you given much thought to this question? My hunch is that you and I may not think enough about how we make decisions. If you’ve been leading long, it can become instinctive or reflexive. You just do it – no thought required. Some would label this unconsciously competent. Isn’t that what you want? To be able to respond instinctively without thinking.