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What’s Your Message?

What’s Your Message?

Making great decisions is a key leadership responsibility. In order for an organization to run smoothly, decisions must constantly be made. How those decisions are made is an important factor in the success of a decision. The leader of an organization, a project, or committee must decide whether to take full control of the decision-making process or to allow input from other members when making decisions. If you choose the wrong decision-making style, you could face a disaster. Choose the right style and you’ll make decisions faster and more effectively. 

During our third session of the Holdsworth Campus Leadership Program, we learned the importance of determining a decision-making style for different situations and about four decision-making styles.

Autonomous is when a leader makes the decision but may collect data from other members. Consultative  occurs when the leader involves others in the decision-making, shares the problem and is open to influence, but in the last analysis, the decision must be the leader’s choice. The joint decision-making style is when the leader shares the problem, and the decision is by consensus, even if is not the leaders’ first choice. The fourth decision-making style is delegative. Delegative is when a problem is delegated to an individual or group with set parameters, and it is their right to make decisions. However, delegative can have the parameter that its purpose is to produce recommendations to the leader.

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Effective leaders use all four decision-making styles. Leaders differ on what style is needed for what issue. Leaders can move among all four styles depending on the scope and situation. A leader should consider four things when determining which style is best for a particular situation.

  • Where is the expertise?
  • How important is the issue?
  • Is it worth the time and effort for more involvement?
  • Is it within one person’s area of expertise to implement?
  • Can the team handle this?

So, what is your message when you are leading a team or group of people? An effective leader will be clear with their team or group. When people know ahead of time what their role is in the decision-making process, they are less likely to resent or undermine a decision that doesn’t go the way they wanted.


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