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Encourager-In-Chief: March 20th, 2019
Eliminating leadership procrastination.
I was recently coaching a young woman who I had been recommending to take my Leadership Academy program for the past three years. I was shocked when she finally said, “sign me up.” (I was so shocked at her answer that I nearly lost control of the wheel of my car. Fortunately, I have airbags!)
Like many of my clients, she struggled with the battle between fear and courage. Fear tends to hold us back, where courage allows us to move forward with decisions. One of the things I recommended to her in our coaching session was that she learned to make decisions faster.
New leaders in particular tend to be very hesitant about making a decision. Naturally, there is a fear of making a mistake and looking bad. Our negative thoughts take over. We worry that the person who promoted us may be rethinking his or her decision. But the reality is, good leaders understand that in order for us to learn we must be willing to try things even if it means making mistakes.
Let me encourage all the new leaders out there to make decisions quickly. You will receive several benefits. First, if you make a good decision quickly, you’ll grow in confidence and you’ll have one less task to take up your time. You’ll be able to focus on other matters that need your attention. You’ll also prevent holding up anybody else in the chain of command so they can perform their jobs properly. Second, if you make a mistake, you’ll learn from it and you’ll gain wisdom from the experience. In most cases, you’ll even be able to change your mind if necessary. You’ll also be better equipped the next time you have to make a similar decision based on what you just learned.
Most importantly, you’ll actually become a leader. Leaders do not procrastinate. They make decisions. That’s what makes them leaders. Don’t be afraid to do your job. Just get comfortable doing it more quickly.
“Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from bad decisions.” -- Origin unknown
(This excerpt is taken from my Coaching and Mentoring Mastery seminar). I encourage you to order my Become an Ultimate Service Provider audio program which covers includes this lesson in much greater detail.