I see it more often than I’d like: Leaders who are paralyzed by the idea of making a big decision. Instead of owning the decisions that are theirs to make, they defer to people around them.
I’m not talking about decisions that should be delegated. I’m talking about decisions that define culture, clarify vision, and articulate an organization’s value system.
It’s strange because making big decisions is often what leads to positions of leadership. But I think something happens in the midst of success. Suddenly, you have something to lose.
When we have something to lose, it becomes more difficult to act courageously. (Hint: You can’t delegate courage.) The very act (making tough decisions) that drove a leader to his or her current position might also lead to his or her downfall.
Some leaders haven’t made a courageous decision in years. Maybe it’s time to address your decision atrophy and start making bold moves; it’s—ironically—the only chance you have at staying a leader.
What big decision have you delayed making? What’s holding you back from “making the call” today?
Ben Stroup is a content activist in a post-paragraph world. He is chief broker of opportunity at Ben Stroup Enterprises. Connect with Ben via email, Twitter, and Google+. Subscribe via email to learn how to use content to move people to action.