23: How to Make Great Decisions on a Leadership Team
Are you perhaps a decision making dictator?
You might be saying, “NO way am I one!” But lets start with the symptoms:
- What are the symptoms of being a dictator? – Control Freak
- Why is dictatorship so popular? it is easier! It is natural! It is power! It is cultural.
- Dictators dominate
- How to make decisions with the input from the team. Consider Proverbs 15:22 “Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed.” NASB
- Flat organizational styles are the future
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Let me tell you about Sarah – she told me that no one trusts and her and she has no power to make any decisions – everything is prescribed and procedural and there is no deviation. She is one unhappy camper because she has no part in any decisions.
There there is Tom – every decision has to be “run by” his boss. Actually he has no power to make any decisions either. Although his boss “thinks” that he has empowered Tom.
1. What are the symptoms of being a dictator? –
2. Why is dictatorship so popular? it is easier! It is natural! It is power! It is cultural.
3. Dictators dominate
4. How to make decisions with the input from the team. Proverbs 15:22
5. Flat organizational styles are the future
- Big Idea: No one likes to live under dictators—they take all the fun out of life and work! Dictators in the business world hog all the decision-making. They feel that by virtue of their ownership, position, intelligence, or birthright, they are in charge of every key decision that will be made in the company or organization. These traditionalists do not see the value of facilitative leadership or the power of teams. Needless to say, dictators attract weak workers and cannot create a positive, empowering workplace.
- Dictators deny the value of individuals. The value of a dictator’s organization resides at the top, not among the rank and file of its members. Dictators use people, they do not empower them.
- The major players in any organization are like is stockholders—they should have a say in its direction. Whether for a ministry or a business, every employee should have a sense of pride and ownership for the collective vision and passion of the company. The more ownership people sense, the more effort they will put forth for the group. Everyone in the leadership community should have major input into direction and policy.
- The one who does the job should decide how it is done. The best management practice is to push decisions down to the people on the front lines. Let the people who are responsible for the outcome have as much ownership as possible in decision-making.
- “Flat” organizations are the model of the future. Though there are many ways to draw organizational charts, peo- ple today prefer to work in flat organizations without huge bureaucracies over their heads. Young workers espe- cially prefer a shorter distance between the front lines and the CEO. Top down pyramids are a thing of the past!
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men and women to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” T Roosevelt
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