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If you’re in a leadership position in your company, the daunting reality is that colleagues will often turn to you to make tough decisions. But the next time that happens, Art Petty advises that you should “pause before voicing that decision.”
As founder of a management organisation, Petty says in his blog that when seniorities make all the decisions for the company, their team doesn’t learn anything. It’s actually more beneficial for the company in the long-run if you start forcing the rest of the team to make those decisions, or at least share some input:
“Teaching others to employ effective decision-making processes is one of the most important and often ignored responsibilities of those in leadership roles. Unfortunately, training your team to look to you for the calls on how to fix problems and move forward is much easier than teaching your team members to stand on their own for most issues.”
Petty says it can be hard for leaders to not make decisions, because most of them are in their senior positions because of their superb-decision making skills and they’re used to using these skills. However, leadership comes with new responsibilities and it’s time to think about the rest of your team. Teach them how to effectively think on their own so that they don’t turn to you for every innocuous verdict.
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