Why a Leader Must Make Informed Decisions

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Salhat Abbasova
Manager, Azerbaijan

Why a Leader Must Make Informed Decisions

Ramos said: 'No authority shall rule over reason, on the contrary the mind must prevail over the authority to manage it'.
Therefore a wise leader should consider others’ opinion, especially the views of experts, and then make the best decision, which may increase his or her authority.

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Any Manager Must Make Informed and Educated Decisions

I agree with you that making any decision based on facts or information is important. Otherwise you’re not making business decisions, but you‘re gambling.

One step further: any manager or leader should make EDUCATED decisions under normal circumstances that is. When a person makes an educated decision about something, she has learned about the subject before making up her mind — she has been educated or educated herself, and she understands the subject well or even completely. A heck of a reason for visiting 12manage before you make any major business decision to look for methods, models, and ideas from others 😃

In my opinion, the extent to which a decision has to be informed and educated does depend on the decision-making context / environment. And the risk attitude of the decision-maker is also playing a role.
You might want to take a look at an earlier very good discussion about the role of gut feeling in decision-making.


How to Make Informed Decisions?

In a recent article "4 steps to making informed decisions", Marty Jacknis mentions following check list to make informed...

  Matthias Bittrich
Business Consultant, Germany

PROs and CONs of Informed Decision-making

Decisions under stress or fatigue are almost always bad. This is a well known negotiation tactic, and not only in politi...

  Graham Williams
Management Consultant, South Africa

Pros and Cons of Informed Decision-Making

Indeed one shouldn't make a too hasty decision, especially in a fast moving, agile, context, when the pressure to decide...


How to Tell Whether a Decision Was Informed?

How can you know if someone's decision was actually based on facts? Or on personal experience? Or just on gut feeling/em...

  George Kampango

Why a Leader Must Make Informed Decisions

This topic is indeed very interesting and full of meaning. If a decision has to bring about the required change in an in...

  Lucas Kennekae
Manager, Botswana

Making Informed Decisions in a Dynamic World

While it is important that all information be available to make informed decisions, we should also consider that today's...

  umar ibrahim
Student (University), Nigeria

Group or Functional Approach to Leadership

A group or functional approach to leadership allows leaders and group leads to understand eachother. Because it encourag...

  Abdullahi Dodo
Lecturer, Nigeria

Self-Confidence While Making Informed Decision

To make an informed decision a leader needs to liaise (cooperate) with an expert in the field to remove any doubt as wet...

  Michael Norris
Director, United States

Informed DM in Public Safety and Chaotic Situations

Informed decisions are not always possible in the world of public safety. In complex and chaotic situations where immedi...

  Gandhi Heryanto
Management Consultant, Indonesia

Tradeoff in Decision-making between Being Informed and Relying on Instinct

Sometimes we have to forget correct or wrong in making a decision. In business decisions, it is not always enough to see...

  Sridhar Gopal
Management Consultant, India

Leaders must Ensure their Information Sources are Reliable

It's a known fact that leaders should generally make well informed decisions. A key concern is then the legitimacy of th...

  James Mudzikitiri
Business Consultant, Zimbabwe

Educated and Calculated Decision Making

I think there is a need to differentiate between educated and calculated decision making. Though experience does help wi...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Calculated Decision-making

@James Mudzikitiri: Thanks for joining the discussion! Please explain a bit further: What do you mean with "calculated d...

  George Kampango

How do we Ensure Informed Decisions are Made?

Whatever people said here about (informed) decision making, is perfectly right. A question still remains: How do we ensu...

  Graham Williams
Management Consultant, South Africa

Informed Decisions Require Both Ratio and Intuition

There is a seeming gap between the rational and the intuitive. INFORMED decisions require a measure of both. In seeking ...

  Matthias Bittrich
Business Consultant, Germany

Calculated Decisions

@Jaap, I guess "educated decision" means a decision based on your social imprinting, environment, education, values. My...

  Akhlaque Ahmed
Student (MBA), Pakistan

Decision-making and -implementation

@George Kampango: I think making decisions is an important process and needs to be unbiased, neutral. But more importan...

  Graham Williams
Management Consultant, South Africa

A Leader Must Make Informed and Ethical Decisions

@Matthias Bittrich: One other criterion for every business decision is indeed that of ethics. This is another huge deba...

  Gary Wong
Consultant, Canada

Use Six Thinking Hats to Make Informed Decisions

Many of the comments can be addressed by using the Six Thinking Hats process. A typical hat sequence to make an informe...

  Daniel Schneider
Business Consultant, United States

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Basically, people make decisions in one of three skill sets: - Analytical and Critical; - Intuitive and Experiential; ...

  Graham Williams
Management Consultant, South Africa

Use Six Thinking Hats to Make Informed Decisions

@Gary Wong: I love de Bono's method for tackling group decision-making and problem-solving!...

  Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom

Informed Decisions are Balanced

Having information seems fundamental to TAKING a decision. Lack of information is ignorance. Activities based in ignoran...

  Gary Wong
Consultant, Canada

The Instant of Decision is Madness

While we can control the making of a decision, we can't control the consequences. So we take a leap of faith and hope fo...


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