Steps to Making an Important Decision

1. Define the reality. Leaving nothing out, answer these questions: Whose voices need to be heard? What will the consequences be?

2. Identify the alternatives. What are all of the options in front of me? At this point, outside advice can be helpful.

3. Apply analysis. On a sheet of paper, list the alternatives, and the pros and cons of each. How do the alternatives fit within my organization’s mission and purpose? Do I have the talent and commitment to proceed with these alternatives? Logistics, budget, personnel, and commitment should be considerations of the final decision.

4. Pause for reflection. This is not delay, just reflection; a chance to pray and deeply contemplate the decision I am about to make: Did I leave anything out? Does it feel right in head and heart? Am I ready to own this decision, and stand on it? Given my convictions, is this a decision I can be proud of?

5. Make the decision, and make it count. Effective leaders see their decisions through.

6. Review and learn. Good leaders learn from their decisions, and the process of making them.
-From The Conviction to Lead, by Albert Mohler

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