One thing that will hold a leader and his leadership team back is the inability to make sound and timely decisions. We will not only suffer professionally but the emotional drain and stress that comes from having too many decisions pending can really take its toll on us. Note: This post is part of a series on Increasing Your Leadership Capacity. Click here for the previous step.
A few years back, our past COO and Executive Coach, Dan Meub, shared a great analogy with me. He said that I needed to envision that I was sitting in the middle of an octagon shaped room. Each wall had a door, and each door was open. Each of those open doors allowed for the heat in the room to escape — my energy was escaping out all of the doors. He coached me that I needed to close the doors in a more timely fashion. The lesson stuck and since that time I have coached many leaders to improve their decision making ability by “closing the doors.”
Here are 5 steps to help you make better and more timely decisions.