Leaders make decisions

It’s time for a little leadership “blast from the past.” Here’s a great post from Scott Hodge’s old blog:

“Peter Drucker has some great things to say about a leader’s decision making and getting things done. He points out that it’s not as much about charisma as we tend to think it is. (Good to Great anyone?)

Eight practices that effective leaders followed:

  • They asked, ‘What needs to be done?’
  • They asked, ‘What is right for the enterprise?’
  • They developed action plans.
  • They took responsibility for decisions.
  • They took responsibility for communicating.
  • They were focused on opportunities rather than problems.
  • They ran productive meetings.
  • They thought and said ‘we’ rather than ‘I.’

He also says that a decision has not really been made until everyone is clear on the following:

  • the name of the person accountable for carrying it out;
  • the deadline;
  • the names of the people who will be affected by the decision and therefore have to know about, understand, and approve it—or at least not be strongly opposed to it—and
  • the names of the people who have to be informed of the decision, even if they are not directly affected by it.”

2 responses to “Leaders make decisions”

  1. Drucker’s insights are timeless. Thank you.

    The comments you shared are consistent with Paul Nutt’s research into why so few business decisions (40%) ever get fully implemented. Professor Nutt (Ohio State) found that the single greatest contributor to the successful implementation of an organizational decision is involving the people impacted by the decision in the decision proccess. A big DUH!, I know–but something many leaders fail to do.

  2. Absolutely! It’s so easy to sit alone in an office and make plans for the whole organization. Listening and involving others in a decision is much more difficult and time consuming (for most people). But in the long run it always yields better results!

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