We all make decision as leaders, but we don't all make decisions the same way. Our personalities influence what becomes important and prominent in our decision-making. In this episode, I explore the two dichotomies that help explain how we make decisions. Then, I discuss strategies leaders can use with folks who have preferences for each dichotomy in order to understand how we can make better decisions.
Tips for leaders who prefer thinking:
- Watch out for over-analysis
- Listen to how people feel about the situation
- Know that you can't always be perfectly objective – consider the other side too
How to lead those with a thinking preference:
- They are going to want data
- Coach them if they might appear cold to others
- Watch out for impact on one person
- Impact on people
- Values-based (my work – what inspires me)
- Individual considered
Tips for leaders who prefer feeling:
- Spend time to consider the data in your decisions
- Know that the business work tends to understand “thinking” better
- Watch out for getting to tied into one person or cause on a decision
How to lead those with a feeling preference:
- Discuss how decisions will impact people
- Coach them to consider data in their decisions and explanations of their decisions
- Talk in terms on decisions and values
“What I must do is all that concerns me, not what people think…It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the word's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great person is she who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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