According to Forbes, authentic leaders often display an understanding of their purpose. Having a sense of purpose that allows leaders to make conscious decisions that will help their team reach success. When you take the time to define the “why,” your team will feel valued because you’re bringing them along on the journey.

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Reflect on how to be objective when making a decision

Learning how to be objective when making a decision is fundamental in developing and honing your leadership skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

How often do you take a step back to understand the "why" behind a problem?

Exercise to be objective when making a decision

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your leadership skills can allow you to be objective when making a decision.

  • Identify the problem statement before jumping to a decision. Design the problem statement by focusing on the Five Ws: who, what, when, why, and how.
  • Predict the possible outcomes before making that decision. Think about those affected by your decision externally (clients) and internally (your team).
  • Communicate the rationale behind a decision with your team. This helps increase transparency, clarify your thought process, and reveal tradeoffs you’ve considered.

Additional resources to help you be objective when making a decision

Why Clearly Communicating Purpose Is The Most Important Leadership Skill
If those you lead don’t understand what you believe in and what your big goals are, they’ll never be able to maximize their collective potential. Take it from “Friday Night Lights.”
Council Post: Why Your ‘Why’ Matters
If you know your “why,” you’ll figure out the “how.”
Good Leadership Is About Communicating “Why”
It’s easy to get bogged down in “what” and “how.”

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