How to Teach Decision-Making

What’s the ‘why’ behind the decisions you make as a leader?

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Todd Henry, speaker and author of several books including The Accidental Creative, shares why leaders should explain to team members the thinking that went into a decision as opposed to telling them what to do. 

“Your job as a leader isn't just to do the work,” shares Todd. “Your job is to hopefully develop the people on your team to be able to tackle new and more challenging work.” To do this, you must explain the ‘why’ behind the decisions you make. 

Watch the video to learn more about teaching decision-making to your team.

So, as a leader it's important that your team understands not just what you want of them, but why you're making the decision you are, which means occasionally having ‘why’ chats about the decisions that are being made organizationally. Your job as a leader isn't just to do the work, your job is to hopefully develop the people on your team to be able to tackle new and more challenging work, which means you don't want them to know just what you expect of them but why you're making the decisions you are so that they can learn how to think about the work, not just what to think about the work.

Model for them how to think about the work so that you're developing them to be able to make similar decisions when the context changes. If you teach them what to do, you're only teaching them something very contextual. In this specific circumstance, here's the decision you should make. When you teach them how you think about it and why you're making the decisions you are, you're equipping them to be able to make decisions for themselves in other circumstances when the context is changed.
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Todd Henry

Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of four books—The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words and Herding Tigers—which have been translat...

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