“Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader.” Businessman T. Boone Pickens
The higher you move in any setting, the more difficult the decisions become. The bottom line is that leaders make decisions…that’s what leaders do.
You can count on a few things as you make decisions--especially the controversial and difficult ones:
- Some will like your decision
- Some will not like your decision
- Some will not understand why you made the decision
- Some will understand why you made the decision, but still not like it
- Some won’t care what you decide
- Some will leave because of the decision you made
As a Christian leader, your most important responsibility is to hear from God.
After that, it’s important that you process with your key people… not pronounce to your key people what you’re thinking of deciding.
- Take time to listen to the Lord
- Bring your people along in the process
- Listen well to the feedback you receive
- Make the best decision you can as you depend on Him and seek to honor Him.
If you wait until you have all the information you think you need, or wait until everybody thinks your decision is amazing, you will never make the decisions you need to make as a leader.
Your goal should be to go into a meeting with a decision you are thinking of making and walk out with a better and more well-thought-through decision after receiving honest feedback.
Keeping people happy is neither biblical nor possible.
“You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you will not please all of the people all of the time.” (Per Google/Wikianswers…This quote is an adaptation of a quote by A. Lincoln) Rather, seek to please the Lord.
It was Bill Cosby who said, “I don’t know what the secret to success is, but I do know what the secret to failure is and that’s trying to keep everybody happy.”