“Leaders who remain transparent in the manner in which they make decisions and why they choose different styles, dependent on the type of decision, are able to build trust and respect.” Marie Hansen, SHRM-SCP
Whether it is a multinational organization or a young start-up, the future of a company depends a lot on the decision made today. As an HR manager of a company, a good part of your work includes decision-making. Here are some suggestions on how to enhance your decision-making abilities:
Change your perspective:
At times reframing a particular issue goes a long way in finding out a completely different and more effective solution. When you try to look at a certain problem from a changed perspective, you open your mind to diverse solutions. Thus, you start considering and approaching issues from different angles. This also leads you to seek others’ opinions and involvement on the said issue.
Frame a deadline:
Having a self-imposed deadline is crucial for a good leader. This helps you to beat procrastination and stay ahead of others. When you try to bind yourself within a time frame, your mind works at its top speed to solve a particular problem. This saves both your time and effort and prevents you from dragging an issue unnecessarily. As you start sticking to strict deadlines, the overall time taken to solve a problem decreases and as a result, your productivity increases.
Take calculated risks:
As a leader, you should not only think about the expected outcome but also possess adequate risk knowledge. You should be able to find out what might go wrong if your decision turns out to be ineffective. This will help you to take calculated risks and make decisions based on complete knowledge of the situation at hand.
Rely on facts and figures:
Good decisions are based on evidence. While it might seem very lucrative to make decisions guided by emotions and impulses, a good leader knows that a decision works best when it is based on fact-based evidence. While determining a course of action, make sure that you have a good amount of data to support it.
Note possible solutions:
While approaching a problem situation, try to gather as many solutions as possible. When you have several options to choose from, you will feel less stressed. Understand each option carefully and try to find out how they would solve the immediate problem. With a varied range of solutions, you get a better scope to try them out and choose the one that gives the best results.
Don’t dwell on past mistakes:
As the age-old proverb says, “Don’t cry over spilt milk.” You might have made mistakes in the path. Avoid clinging on to them. Mistakes are just the stepping stones for learning something new. If you need to make a decision now, don’t think about what went wrong in the past when you had made similar decisions. Rather, attend to the problem at hand and decide to work on the best solution.