Chapter 3

Chapter 3- Performance and Decision Making

Why do smart people generally assume a leadership role? Intelligent people are more likely to emerge as leaders than not as most are confident in their knowledge or ability. This is because they know how to improve their overall performance, while teaching others methods to improve their knowledge or performance. Leaders tend to want to help others; not discourage.

How do leaders use decision making in their day-to-day life? Being a leader usually means being the “boss.” Others can think being a leader is getting the job done right the first time and causing others to support the function objectives. Leaders have a role; a big role actually. Being a leader comes with developing skills in a continuum. It is not easy, but you have to be willing to make quick decisions. With quick decisions comes making sure they are the right choice among alternatives. It can be hard to make decisions on the spot, but overall if you are thinking too long about the situation, more than likely you will second guess yourself.

Why do good leaders sometimes make bad decisions? To assert that leaders always make the correct choice among alternatives is not practical; at times wrong choices are selected – It happens. Leaders always want the best for their employees and sometimes do not always make the right choice. Certainly leader emotions have to be considered as emotions may tend to color the choice among alternatives. Decision making is based on data and where the leader wants to see how it can perform with new patterns. Good leaders are the leading point of the organization, set the example, encourage and mentor subordinates, but above all else, ensure that members understand that all alternatives point to the organizational objective.

  1. How does making a wrong choice happen if others support the decision?
  2. How is being a leader not come across as being a boss?

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