How Do You Make a Good Decision?

Decision making falls under two extremes.

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Live 2018, leadership communicator and author Andy Stanley explains that people can fall under two extremes when it comes to decision making: the second-guessers and those who think they can do no wrong.

“Part of self-leadership is recognizing which way do I tend to lean and then compensating with the right people who have the courage to speak in and who are willing to be honest with us,” he says.

Watch the video to learn more about the extremes of decision making.

Because we all have different personalities, obviously some of us are going to go toward just introspection to the point where we just bog down and we can't make a decision because either we're afraid we'll make the wrong one or we second-guess, second-guess, second-guess. On the other extreme are the people who feel like they can do no wrong. Because they've been successful in one area, they assume they're an expert in every area. So, there's those two extremes and part of self-leadership is recognizing which way do I tend to go. And I know, for me, I lean toward the self-doubt. I tell people all the time I'm a consensus builder and people say, "That's such a great leadership skill." I go no, I don't trust my decisions. I just have very little confidence in my ability to sit down by myself, think through all the options, think through all the iterations of what could and should happen and make a decision by myself. I don't have that much confidence.

Oftentimes, I find the folks who speak into my life. As a fella said to me recently, he said, "Andy, you need to trust your leadership instincts." He just looked. He said, "You don't trust your leadership instincts. You had good leadership instincts. Trust them." And when he said that, I was like, "But what if I make the wrong decision?" So, on the other hand, we all know people who they trust their leadership instincts too much. They don't listen. But leaders who don't listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing helpful to say and the moment a leader is surrounded by people who are afraid to speak in honestly to what's going on, they've just put a lid on their organization and on their personal leadership. So, part of self-leadership is recognizing which way do I tend to lean and then compensating with the right people who have the courage to speak in and who are willing to be honest with us.
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Andy Stanley

Leadership communicator, best-selling author and founding pastor of North Point Ministries Andy Stanley inspires tens of thousands of people. Andy founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995, leading six churches in the Atlan...

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