When is it appropriate to make a decision?
Should you make a decision only when you have to? Is it appropriate to make a decision when it isn't necessary to make one, but you have received information that would allow you to make a decision? Should you make a decision immediately or should you take some time to consider your options?
The prefrontal cortex (the area of the brain behind your forehead) is responsible for all complex behaviors, including formulating decisions. Research suggests that the morning is the best time of the day to make important decisions, especially ethical ones.
Leaders are constantly faced with situations that require them to make decisions. As a matter of fact, many leaders are in their particular roles for the decisions they might be required to make.
However, making complex decisions (where there may not be a right or wrong answer) can lead even the best leaders to feel stressed, confused, or even overwhelmed.
Here are six guidelines to follow when in a situation where you need to make a critical decision:
1. Don't let anxiety overwhelm you.
2. If possible, give yourself time to consider all your options.
3. Weigh each option by looking at the pluses and minuses of each choice.
4. Be true to yourself by considering each possibility based on your goals and values.
5. Talk the options over with a trusted advisor so you can hear the possibilities out loud.
6. Before you implement your decision, determine how best to communicate your choice to different groups.
Leaders aren't leaders only in good times. As a matter of fact, the best leaders, show their mettle in the worst of times, under extremely stressful situations. It is during those difficult and uncomfortable times, that leaders find the courage to make good decisions.
Please watch the video below about a time during the American Civil War, when President Abraham Lincoln was faced with making a difficult decision.
Also, please leave me a comment about your strategy when you are faced with making critical decisions.
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Terry is a sought after speaker who believes in the power of a story to motivate, inspire, and help others lead their uncommon and extraordinary lives. By combining his eleven-year cancer journey with his diverse business, athletic coaching, and hostage negotiating expertise, he delivers compelling yet relatable presentations for conferences, on-line events, panels, meetings, and seminars.