Leadership can be glamorous, or so it would appear. Some leaders do well when an organization is thriving. Others are at their best to bring an organization out of trouble. Do all leaders make tough decisions?
Leadership isn’t just an office on the top floor, a bigger salary, and a few nice perks.
True leadership requires hard work, extra effort, and the ability to make tough decisions. The supervisor, manager, director, or vice president, or the CEO, president, or the board of directors, they all apply, titles aren’t important.
Whether you’re making budget cuts, building a five year plan, or selecting the next vice president to join the team decisions need to be made. They aren’t always easy.
The most important decisions might be the ones that tug at your emotions. They’re often tugging because the easy choice, the option that you really want to choose, isn’t the right choice.
Make Tough Decisions
Tough decisions are tough because they require discipline. They need high levels of integrity and ethics.
Consider these simple examples:
- Watching the telephone ring but not answering seems like fun, but the customer needs some help.
- It’s a beautiful day and a long lunch with a walk through park seems like a good idea, but there is too much work to be done.
- A vacation during crunch time sounds appealing, but we know the business needs our services during this critical time.
We probably all know somebody who would eat the ice cream, take the lunch and a walk, and vacation regardless of any work related concerns.
There is probably a good chance that same person will come up short during the toughest decisions.
They’ll confuse the tough decisions with easy decisions either because they lack discipline or they never have to deal with the outcomes. Or at least they don’t have to deal with them right now.
Are you a leader who can make tough decisions? Will you let your emotions control the outcome?
If you’re not sure you might want to consider who is left holding the bag.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.