Business leaders sometimes find themselves unable to make critical decisions even though the organization and other team members rely on them to move forward. While the determination to keep going is an admirable characteristic, decision-makers should recognize when and where they are stuck. Here are common areas where decision-makers are getting stuck.
Leaders are responsible for getting the best out of those they lead. They can do this by coaching their team members at all times and situations. Reinforce good practices through encouragement, praise, or rewards. Discourage undesirable practices through correction, confrontation, and other means. While this might sound easy, decision-makers often wait for other people to improve themselves. Doing so might compromise your leadership position and the organization’s goals.
Waiting on people to improve on their own or ignoring a team member’s poor performance creates a cycle of underperformance. And, as a result, ineffectiveness. It also imposes on the leader the burden of constantly addressing poor performance.
Sometimes, when decision-makers face a tough choice, they tend to delay making the decision. This can become a habit, keeping them and the organization from moving forward. Failing to make critical decisions at the right moment can rob you of your competitive advantage. Ultimately, this reduces your chances of staying ahead of the competition.
Leaders should know how to delegate successfully. To get work done right, some people believe they have to do it themselves. A good leader knows when to assign tasks to other team members according to their strengths. Dedicating your time and effort to tasks that others are better suited for reduces your productivity, frustrates other team members, and interferes with the organization’s growth.
Sometimes leaders set their sights on their goals and fail to appreciate the significance of some situations around them. Ignoring people’s responses and reactions towards unique situations, such as the COVID 19 pandemic, can paint a leader as unsympathetic. This can cause team members to lose faith in them. Leaders must regularly evaluate their organizations from different perspectives to identify existing or possible problems. Then they can work towards avoiding them or finding solutions.
When decision-makers are not passionate about their work, they dampen other team members’ spirits, leading to productivity loss. Every business needs a dreamer and a dream manager to move the organization forward through creativity and innovation. Decision-makers working on projects they are not passionate about are uninspiring and lack the necessary energy to complete such projects successfully.
A business coach can evaluate your organization’s systems and identify areas where decision-makers are getting stuck. They then recommended solutions to help decision-makers overcome challenges that keep them from accomplishing their mission and realizing their organizational goal. They come up with solutions tailored to match your business needs. To learn more about how a business coach can help you get unstuck, contact the ArtScience Group.