Have you ever had to make a tough decision? Silly question, of course you have.

We have to make choices daily. As a leader we are often confronted with difficult decisions. Our decisions have an effect on many people – it is however our responsibility and the “buck stops” here.

Early on in my leadership career I was striving to be liked to please as many people as I could. I stumbled on this quote from Colin Powell, “Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity. You’ll avoid the tough decisions, you’ll avoid confronting people who need to be confronted, and you’ll try to avoid getting people upset.”

WOW- that says it all and he is right. I have learned and am still learning to take action and not the easy way out.

When making tough decisions, gathering information, preparation and considering the outcome is crucial.

Some things to consider in the decision making process are:

  • What are the options?
  • Timing?
  • Who is affected?
  • Is the decision in alignment with my values, vision and mission?
  • Should others be sought after for advice?

When all factors are considered- you must take action.

It’s the old Ready-Aim-Fire in that order. I might add when you take action- be confident with your decisions. Always be prepared to defend it given all the circumstances.

No matter what the outcome, it will always be a TEACHING moment.

That’s Learning- That’s Leadership