Leadership: Good Leaders Make the Tough Decisions

Are you leading your business, your career, your health, your family, in essence your life, or are you being lead? Are you making the tough decisions or are you just ignoring them? Are you hoping that the issues you face will somehow resolve themselves without your intervention? Are you acting like an ostrich with your head in the sand?

What are the ‘tough decisions’? How does the phrase ‘tough decisions’ relate to the here-and-now? What does it really mean?

Rather than give you a definition it may be easier to show you a few examples: Are you able to say “no” when it is necessary? Are you able to handle the opposition that comes with making a tough decision? Can you hand down an edict, knowing full well you are going to face adversity; or are you trying to be pleasant to everyone, remain comfortable and not perceived as the ‘bad guy’? Be aware though, I am not insinuating that you should do a complete one-hundred-eighty-degree-about-face. The other side of being a good leader is being a leader that is a total jerk (to be blunt)!

If you need to terminate the employment of a staff member, can you carry it out or do you spend months thinking about doing it? Can you define why you might need to terminate someone, move forward, and complete the task? Can you stop trying to justify your decision to everyone and proceed from there?

One of the definitions of a good leader is one who can handle the tough decisions, one who will acknowledge what has to be done, and is willing to complete the task-at-hand. A good leader can complete the job even though it may be unpleasant or uncomfortable. The good leader will take the time to understand the reasons, make a decision, and then move on. However, nothing is more confusing than a leader who is able to make the tough decision but then displays an indecisive, lukewarm behavior.

A good leader, for example, is one that is aware that there may be a need to make some cutbacks in the company. They also understand the impact of not acting upon the need to do something to ensure the continuity of the business. They then follow through and ‘do the deed’. There are many people in leadership positions that do not deal with these tough decisions. They remain motionless and take a position of, “Hey I know I need to do it, but I will just hang in there a little longer, another week, a few more weeks to see where the cards fall.” Believe me, this is an absolute valid scenario, because, I confess, I have been there myself and have helped many others who have been in this same predicament.

Many times leaders do not want to make the decisions that have to be made, but they do it.
You cannot be a successful leader if you are not willing to make the tough decisions. It comes with the territory; it comes with the job description of a good, quality leader. You have to be able to make those tough decisions in all areas of your life, both business and personal.

If your career is going no-where, if you have known for years and secretly acknowledged that you have this problem, then you already know you are this type of leader. What are you doing about it? Are you wishing, hoping, thinking, and dreaming that it will all go away? Do you keep telling yourself, “It will be all right”? Are you afraid of those tough decisions? It will never be all right until you make a decision.

Make a decision in your life; make the decision even if you view it as a tough one! Making a decision will change where you are at the current time. If you need some coaching to work through this phase of indecisiveness in order to become a better leader, call me! This is how I help, this is what I do! Take advantage of someone that will assist you in learning how to make those tough decisions. This will ultimately help you transform into a great (rather than mediocre) leader!

We all make decisions every day; some days they are especially tough. Remember that the way to get good at making decisions is to make them, not just ponder them. Yes, you might make a great deal of mistakes, however, what leader do you know of who has not made at least some mistakes – none.

You have the ability to make those tough decisions. I will tell you why you have the ability. Because, you have the power to be forward thinking, you have the power to be an exceptional leader! Why do you have the power? You have the power because you know that even if your decision today will cause the staff, a person, someone, or anyone to get mad at you, or not like you, in the end, they and others will respect you. They will respect you much more for having the moral fiber, the backbone, the strength of character, to make the tough decisions!

Remember-Great leaders make tough decisions!

Figure out what you want, where you are going, and move forward from that point. Make the tough decisions in your life to lead you forward.

Do it now, today, this week! In addition, if you find you cannot gather up the force within you to move forward, call me, I will walk you through it!

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