A Leader’s Range of Decision-Making Options (Part TWO) of a 3-part series

The second option is for the leader to “gather input from individuals and decide.” The leader solicits others for ideas, information, suggestions and then makes the decision. The keys to success include explaining this decision-making option, and explaining the reasons for using it.

The advantages for using this option:

1 The leader makes a more informed decision than the “decide and announce” option.

2 The leader is still in control of the decision.

3 There is an increased chance that those who must carry out the decision will support it.

4 There is an increased likelihood the decision will be carried out in timely fashion and with higher quality.

5 This option does not require involvement with meetings and teams.

The disadvantages are:

1 If the decision is in conflict with the input from others, individuals may undermine the decision or be less likely to provide input next time.

2. There isn’t an opportunity for individuals to see areas of agreement with peers or to build on each other’s ideas.

The third option is for the leader to “gather input from a team, and then decide.” The leader asks others to share their ideas, information, and suggestions in a team session. The team can analyze the information and build upon each other’s ideas. The keys to success are the same as the other options.

The advantages to this option are:

1 The leader is still in control of the decision.

2 An increased chance that those who must carry out the decision are more supportive.

3 That the leader makes a more informed decision.

4 An opportunity for development of team commitment and support.

5 An increased possibility of a high quality decision.

Disadvantages:

1 If the leader’s decision is in conflict with input, people may undermine the decision or be less likely to provide input next time.

2 This option takes time.

3. Conflicts may surface which could be an advantage (managed conflict is healthy for organizations).

Author: maxbinkley

Creator of Leadership to the Max My experience in the military helped set the career path for me in human resources. After the military I worked for The Dow Chemical Company and left there in 1993 to venture out on my own. I purchased a small business, then a franchise then started another business in semi-retirement.

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