This guest post by Shaun Rosenberg highlights the importance for a leader of involving the team or group in the decision-making process, thereby helping them to grow as well. He is the author of the Shaun Rosenberg Blog. His blog is for everyone looking to change for the better. He writes about personal growth and motivation.
As a leader you make decisions about yourself, your direction, and possibly the direction of other people around you. Sometimes these decisions are pretty challenging to make by yourself. You often don’t always know which road to go down.
Wrong decisions can be costly and because you are a leader, it often affects not only yourself, but the people you lead as well. It’s tough, but luckily you don’t always have to make these decisions on your own. As the leader, it is good leadership practice to involve your team members as often as you can in making difficult decisions.
9 Reasons Why a Leader Should Use Groups to Help making Decisions
1. It Helps the Leader with Diversified Viewpoints
The great thing about groups is everyone brings their own viewpoint into the discussion.
For instance, if you are a company looking for a new product, the marketing people, the accountants, and the product designers will all have different opinions on what is important. Bringing together the different points of view will help you create a product with market feasibility at the right price with high sales potential.
2. The Leader Brings Together Different Skills and Knowledge
The power of working with a team lies in the fact that each team member contributes their unique knowledge and skills, making the whole thought process much richer and providing different angles from which to view the decision you have to make. The key to success in today’s new economy is collaboration. Bringing people with different viewpoints together increase your potential for success exponentially.
3. It Gives Us More Potential Solutions to The Problem
Brainstorm for solutions by yourself and you may find a few that could work. Multiply that by 4 or 5 people and the possibilities are nearly endless. Different people looking at a problem from different viewpoints means there will be more ideas on how to solve those problems. Just because you think you know the answer doesn’t mean somebody else can’t come up with a better option. The only way to know is by participating in groups.
4. It Helps the Leader Make Sure All The Details Are Met
When you make a decision on what to do, it is easy to overlook some of the details that come with that decision. When you involve a group it can help you to not only remember the minor details you need to focus on, but also help you focus on areas you may have not even known was an issue.
5. It Reduces the Bias of the Leader
Even the best of us have our own biases and opinions. We may have a biased mind when we decide things such as who to vote for, who our friends will be, what brand of toilet paper we buy, and even how we phrase the questions we ask.
Making assumptions based on your bias can have very negative consequences if you use them for important decisions that can affect your life.
No one person is immune to having a bias. The best thing you can do is to try to eliminate your bias by including your multidisciplinary. Listening to 2 sets of opposing opinions can help you to make a better decision than just listening to one.
6. It Puts Your Mind At Ease
Sometimes we need to make difficult decisions like letting someone go or kicking out a tenant. Even when you know the right thing to do, it isn’t always easy. By making the decision as a group it is much easier to follow through with the plan because it wasn’t just your opinion, it included opinions from a variety of people.
7. It Lets You Talk About The Problem
Sometimes we just need to talk about the problem with another person in order to find the right solution. Making a decision as a group allows you to do just that. You’ll feel better by voicing all of your concerns and visions and to get other’s viewpoints on them.
8. It Makes Generates Buy-in
When people feel like they had a say in deciding what happens, they will buy into the goal or outcome. This is especially important when the people you involve in the decision making process are the ones who are going to execute the plan. By involving your team and letting them gave a say in the decision creates commitment and help people to follow through on the decision.
9. It Makes People More Responsible
People who have the chance to get their voice heard will take more responsibility and will work harder than people who don’t.
Peter Parker better known as Spiderman got this advice from his uncle. He said: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
The Value of Groups for a Leader
Groups can be a wonderful tool to help you make big decisions in life, but when time management is important you have to guide the process very efficiently as the leader. Involving groups in the decision making process can be time-consuming if not managed well. It is however a very effective decision-making model available to a leader.
Groups give you insight and be extremely valuable when making big decisions in life. This make groups a wonderful tool to help improve your decisions, your life, and the lives of people around you.
In the end that is what being a leader is really about.