In every decision somebody has to lose.

As I stated last month, I have a whole series of leadership training which I have personally lived by and passed on to those whom I have trained into management. This post is about making decisions. I have met many managers that have a very childish and selfish sense of their position as a leader. They believe that because they are in charge, they should get to do whatever they want. But the truth is that as the leader they have a responsibility to those that work under their leadership. Through this responsibility, they must understand that their decisions can help them build a great staff that depend on their leadership and decisions, or an unhappy staff that loathe their selfish decisions. While a managers job is not necessarily to make everybody happy, it is to keep moral high to get the best productivity out of their staff. So for this, I have written the following:  

Sometimes it’s hard to make decisions especially when they are tough ones. However the level of difficulty is a sense of perception. And this perception changes with attitude and experience. Many times when a decision needs to be made, it may affect you or another person in a negative way. If somebody is below your leadership and the decision you make will either affect you or your employee negatively, make sure you take the pressure off of them and let it affect you. Besides, you are the leader, they should not have to be negatively impacted because of your choices. This sometimes comes down to small choices such as, “Both my employee and I want to take the same day off but I need somebody to be here at work that day.” In my opinion, this is a no brainer, let your employee have the day off, besides it’s not them that committed to the full responsibility of your job, they have only committed to their job, with the expectation that they can still have a personal life. However in the same instance if you have an employee who is seeking to move ahead within the company and they are under your leadership, then it is ok to have them work the day they were hoping to have off. This would serve as an example of what is expected of them when they actually move up within the company or maybe take a higher position at another company. 

If you have a situation that you need help making a decision with, feel free to reach out. I am always available and I am here to serve. 951.707.8474

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