What is it that Leaders at the Top Know That You Don’t?

4 Steps to Being More Decisive

Mar 30

What is it that Leaders at the Top Know that You Don’tThis year, you’ll make hundreds of great decisions and, what if I told you that making great decisions all the time isn’t good enough to make you highly successful?

Yes, you heard me correctly: making great decisions all the time won’t take you to the top nor will it help you thrive once you get there.

What is it that leaders at the top know that you don’t?

They know that making decisions earlier, quicker and with greater conviction even amid ambiguity and with incomplete information is the key to their success.

Here’s how to become a leader who decides with speed and conviction and fuel your rise to the top.

Stay in Your Lane

Don’t feel compelled to make every decision that comes your way. Only make those where you can most impact the outcome. Delegate the rest to others and trust their judgment. Staying in your lane frees you up to make fewer and more important decisions.

Know When It’s Reversible and Not

Ask yourself two pivotal questions: What’s the impact if I get this wrong? and how much will it hold up if I don’t decide quickly on this? Knowing which decisions are reversible and which ones aren’t helps you push those that are reversible lower down in the organization so that important information emerges without causing irreparable harm.

Your Judgement is Definitive

Build a group of trusted advisers and go to them for unvarnished opinions and sound judgment. Tell others from the outset that you plan to weigh all perspectives and ultimately, you’ll decide what in your judgement is the best way forward. Let others know that when you decide you expect them to be on board even if it isn’t what they’d have chosen.

A Wrong Decisions is Better Than No Decision

Don’t pursue the perfect answer; it takes too long and creates a bottleneck that frustrates those around you. Understand that most decisions can be undone so making a wrong decision is often better than pursuing a perfect solution or not deciding. Just be sure to course correct quickly.

Let go of the expectation that you have to make great decisions all the time and trust in your ability to be decisive and agile enough to learn from your mistakes.

Leading is Hard, Becoming Legendary is Even Harder

Here’s what it takes to exert the level of influence that will give legendary status as a leader

Jan 13

Iron Man Sometimes, an unknown leader comes out of nowhere and captures the world’s interest for a few years, only to disappear and never be heard from again. And then there are leaders who become legends.

“A one-hit wonder is a legend who stopped early,” according to marketing whiz Seth Godin. Legendary leaders are relentless in the pursuit of success, even in their not-so-stellar moments. However, they do much more than that: they redefine the leadership role for themselves.

Here’s what it takes to exert the level of influence that will give legendary status as a leader:

Face Problems Head-On

Legendary leaders strip fear of its power by confronting all problems directly. In the absence of fear, people see roadblocks as opportunities and as challenges to be solved. This leads to collaboration, creativity, thought-provoking work – and, often, accomplishing the inconceivable.

There’s Always a Way Forward

In challenging times, legendary leaders know that there’s always a way forward. Pushing boundaries and untethering themselves from conventional wisdom is what alters their trajectory and creates the next compelling vision that guides them forward.

The Fastest Route Isn’t Best

Opt not to chart every point from start to finish on the roadmap to becoming a legendary leader. A quick arrival can be a short-term boost to your ego and your reputation, but can also rob you of the of the texture, learning, and insights that a less direct route offers. Legends don’t settle for the immediate signs that others would notice as success—like a fancy title and a big office at a prestigious company — but rather opt for experiences that serve them better in the long run.

Exude Optimism

Legends know that when tough situations arise, they’re merely blips on the radar. A hopeful but realistic approach gets them over the momentary setback – they exude optimism. Grounded in the real world, they don’t overlook the cost of failure, nor do they let it become overwhelming. With newfound knowledge, they end every situation on a high note.