It is estimated that each of us makes about 35,000 decisions a day. That is more than 12 million per year. Combine those numbers with recent research by the Hay Group revealing that decision-making has twice the impact on performance as talent and skill, and it becomes clear that the ability to make wise decisions is a crucial leadership skill.
Despite this actuality, many leaders allow strong emotions or mental biases to adversely impact the decision-making process. In this article, we examine the steps you can take to improve your decision-making skills.
Noticing that you're experiencing strong emotions, such as fear, anger or excitement, is a sure sign that the quality of your decision-making may be at risk. It is natural to respond emotionally to stressful circumstances. Severe stress typically activates a "fight or flight" response, temporarily disabling the logical part of your brain so essential to making intelligent decisions. When facing a stressful situation, it is easy to overreact or respond illogically.
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