Progressive decision making – 10 reasons why it’s critical for change leaders

Everyone makes decisions every day, but have you ever sat back and thought about how you make decisions.

In the context of change, decisions are taken to make progress.  So if your decision making is ineffective, you’ll either make limited progress or progress that takes you in the wrong direction.

Here’s 10 reasons why it’s time to make more conscious and planned decisions:


  1. Making consistently good decisions takes time and requires information, analysis and planning. You can’t just ‘wing it’ and expect effective outcomes
  1. Decisions have consequences – positive, negative or both. Effective leaders make decisions fully aware of those consequences, and implications
  1. Good decision making is not just conversing with the people you want to talk to. It’s about understanding the range of perspectives and looking at the issue from different angles so you can make a conscious decision.  Seek out the alternate view
  1. Everyone is biased. If you’re unaware of your bias, you’ll make bias riddled decisions
  1. An engaged decision making process builds commitment to the decision, creating more engaged team and stakeholders
  1. A clear decision making process makes it easier to know who needs to be involved. Involving the right people at the right time leads to better traction when the decision is made – and less white anting later
  1. Using decision making analysis and processes helps to ensure that you are not wasting precious resources by making an ill-informed decision that takes you down the wrong path
  1. Decisions are not just about what to do, but what to not do. A clear decision on scope helps keep you focused on what’s necessary
  1. It’s good for your reputation as a leader. You’ll become known as a leader who gets things done.  That’s a good brand to have
  1. It makes you feel good. Slow progress is demoralising and exhausting. Imagine how you’d feel if you were able to consistently make good decisions that got you and your team to your goal faster

Great decisions are the result of planning, consideration and effort.  They don’t happen by chance.  Are you putting enough effort in to your decision processes to get the outcome you want?

Remember, change happens.  Make it work for you.

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