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Leadership and Tough Decisions

Jim Rohn quote about Leadership

People in positions of power often make decisions that will impact people (sometimes a lot of people) both positively and negatively.

“Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens…. Decision is the courageous facing of issues, knowing that if they are not faced, problems will remain forever unanswered.”

Wilfred A. Peterson

Good leaders will endeavor to do the right thing … whatever that means.

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”  

Roy Disney

It is very difficult for anyone to make decisions that will have a negative impact on people. 

However, if you are in management, it just comes with the territory . 

Here are some of my views, based on more than a couple of decades in management.

  • Leaders MUST make tough calls … or likely they are not doing their job.

  • Leadership can be lonely, especially when there are tough decisions to be made.

  • Things change, requiring new decisions.

  • Loyalty is a good thing …misplaced loyalty is not.

  • People are responsible for their own destiny.

  • Sometimes bad things happen to good people.

  • Positions of power should never be abused… but that does not mean avoiding decisions that might hurt people.

  • Decisions should never be made in order to be popular, Good leaders, like most people “like to be liked”, but that desire should never color a decision.

  • A leader has a responsibility and accountability to the role.

  • What was the right decision in the past is not necessarily the right decision today.

  • Waiting to implement a tough decision never makes it feel better.

  • Leaders should be humble, empathetic, thoughtful, human… but ultimately they need to make the right decisions.

  • The worst decision is a no decision… it is always better to consciously decide the answer than to have it default because no decision was reached.

  • If you are not willing to make tough decisions don’t seek out leadership positions.

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”  

Norman Schwarzkopf

If you are new into a leadership role then you will struggle with this.  

Your decisions can impact people’s careers, livelihood, future and that should never be taken lightly … but sometimes it is inevitable.

It is no surprise that leadership is hard … so expect that!

Kevin Dee is the founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)

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I write these articles with the intent of sharing MY experience and knowledge gained during MY life journey. From the 16 year old joining the Royal Navy, through many incarnations, to the grey haired guy who built a business. If you find a nugget here, then I am happy. If the message offends you then I apologise, that was never my intent. I know and recognize there are many people and groups who have a far bigger challenge than I have had and I only wish you well.