How to make better decisions as a leader
Mastering the art and science of decision making enables us to experience revolutionary growth. As leaders, the more precise our decisions, the better able we become to lead our organization to greatness.
Being a master at decision making means knowing exactly what needs to be done and the right time to make our choices. But for the most part, this state of perfect clarity is a utopia. In reality, there is a lot of pressure and confusion with decision making, especially when the stakes are high.
It is not uncommon for us to feel tormented by our choices. We struggle with fear of regret and self-doubt. We think too much, analyze too much, and guess our best instincts. Our sense of inner peace disappears as we grapple with our options.
All of this happens for two simple reasons: we are dealing with too much information and ignore our intuition.
Learn more with less information
When we hesitate to make a decision, the story we tell ourselves is that we don’t have enough information to act. But this is rarely the case.
We draw information from a variety of sources in order to make our decisions. In addition to meditating on our own thoughts and past experiences, our personal worries and fears also join the decision-making committee in order to influence the outcome.
And let’s not forget the lots of information that comes to us from the outside world–all those who flood us with their opinions, feelings and ideas about what is to happen.
Too much information is a distraction. This generates internal noise in our mind, which makes it much more difficult for us to discern the truth about the next step.
Guess the truth
The real challenge we face in decision making is figuring out how to get rid of the information that is not useful to us while retaining the ideas that do.
It may seem obvious, but the ultimate decision maker is always you–not the information. In each of us there is a calm and fearless place that knows precisely what we want. When we step into this space, we experience instant clarity.
This place is known as our intuition. She is the source of our genius and is able to see well beyond the obstacles in our path. The purpose of our intuition is to guide us towards expansive decision making–make choices that give us more of what we want.
Intuition is a superpower. As a tool, it is able to sort through all the information we receive. We don’t have to run the risk of blocking valuable ideas. Instead, we can take whatever information is flowing through our consciousness and use our intuition to instantly discern what is true and useful from what is not.
This gives us permission to stop hoarding information. We can release the build-up that clutters our mind, confuses us, and ultimately prevents us from acting on our best knowledge.
Our intuition is also our navigation system. It alerts us when there are problems ahead, tells us how to get around our roadblocks, and lets us know when we’re in the right or wrong place.
Even if you don’t see yourself as intuitive, you have, at the very least, experienced it as moments of clarity in your life. At one point, you found yourself buried under mounds of information, then pierced through them with sudden, crystal-clear knowledge of your next step.
Most of us have had accidental encounters with our intuition–and don’t realize that we can use this gift more deliberately to navigate all of our decisions, big and small. Our intuition is our built-in course corrector that keeps us on track for success every step of the way.
Become an intuitive leader
When it comes to strengthening your leadership skills, your intuition is your best bet in leading people to higher ground.
As a leader you have a greater responsibility to seek the truth–and transcend the influences of ego, fear, and other distorted information that comes to you from the outside world.
What sets you apart as a leader from others in your organization is the impact of your decisions: the choices you make ultimately have broader ripple effects, for better or for worse. Therefore, your leadership decisions should be very honest, which means that your choices should constantly reflect who you are at a fundamental level. As you gain access to more of your intuitive knowledge–the source of your truth–you stay connected with decisions that match your true nature.
Here are some questions to help you strengthen the integrity of your decision making:
- What information do you use to make your decision– And where does it come from?
- What influences emerge that might point you down a less desirable path?
- What does each possible choice say about the leader you want to become more of?
After all, leadership isn’t just a job title. It is a role that you continue to carve out for yourself through each of your decisions.
Bianca Dove is a business coach and consultant who teaches leaders how to create the impact they want on the world.