Improve your decision-making styles

We have to make many decisions on a daily, even hourly basis. Looking at your decision-making style might be an insightful exercise, helping you towards more self-awareness.




Before wrapping up a meeting, I check the next actions are clear to all those present.

Question 1 of 32


I always check my instructions have been clearly understood.

Question 2 of 32


I encourage other people to come up with alternative options. Before reaching a final decision.

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I get updates on the progress for each decision that I've delegated.

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I aim to review the relative success or failure of my key decisions.

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I take full responsibility for my wrong decisions.

Question 6 of 32


It annoys me when other people criticise my decisions.

Question 7 of 32


I openly communicate my decision as soon as it has been made.

Question 8 of 32


My decisions are best for everyone - not necessarily just for me.

Question 9 of 32


It's safer to choose a well-established route than opt to do something new.

Question 10 of 32


Everyone affected is made aware of the full implications of my decisions.

Question 11 of 32


It's important to canvass support in advance of final decisions being taken.

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My planned outcome takes account of probabilities and the most / least likely outcomes.

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I eliminate all risks before making a final decision.

Question 14 of 32


I use scenario planning when considering different planned outcomes.

Question 15 of 32


My decisions are always based on all the data available to me at the time.

Question 16 of 32


I would not raise an idea in a meeting that I had not thought through previously.

Question 17 of 32


I prefer to be flexible in my approach to making decisions.

Question 18 of 32


Every decision should take account of the reactions of all key stakeholders (who will be affected by that decision).

Question 19 of 32


I leverage as many possible data sources as possible, to stay fully informed.

Question 20 of 32


I sometimes get others to take key decisions on my behalf.

Question 21 of 32


I follow-up each decision I take with an implementation plan.

Question 22 of 32


Choosing the best people decision requires a balance between logical thinking and more emotional issues.

Question 23 of 32


I challenge when people are following tradition just for the sake of it.

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I take steps to consult key stakeholders before making a major decision.

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I easily delegate all those decisions which are not my responsibility.

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The more strategic the decision, the more difficult it is to have a supporting rationale.

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I take people's interests and motivations into account before deciding how best to work with them.

Question 28 of 32


Creative thinking is over-rated.

Question 29 of 32


I enjoy making big decisions which have far-reaching effects.

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I can adapt my decision-making style to suit the circumstances.

Question 31 of 32


Corporate culture has less of an impact on business decisions these days.

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What are your decision-making styles? In fact, how easy is it for you to come to your decisions. Not only that, but also can you stick to them?

How effective is your decision-making style? Woman holding up an apple and a pear.

How effective is your decision-making style?

There are so many decisions we have to make on a daily basis. To name but a few:

  • what to wear
  • what to eat for breakfast
  • to drink coffee or tea (or a variety of other drinks)
  • what transport to take
  • which clothes to buy
  • what to have for lunch/dinner
  • which book to read
  • which movie to watch

The list goes on and on. Of course, there are different kind of decisions to be made. However, some are the daily mundane ones like on the list. Of course, others are more longterm decisions like the ones below.

  • what subjects to choose,
  • which school to attend,
  • what to study after school
  • which career to go for
  • who to marry
  • where to settle
  • where to go on holiday

Why can decision-making be so difficult?

Some people can make these decisions on the spot without thinking about it. However, for others, it is a painful process. Subsequently, going through all the options. While weighing up all the possible consequences. Only then, making calculated decisions.

Struggling to make decisions can, of course, be a very debilitating situation. You can only think of a child having to choose one of a variety of sweets. Sometimes this indecisiveness or fear of making the wrong decision can be overwhelming. Maybe as adults, we no longer burst out in tears at the thought of a difficult decision. However, many have sleepless nights relating to this. Also, mental stress and worry are very closely related to whether we make the right decisions. In fact, not only whether we make the right decision. Also how quickly and effortlessly we make it. How well we stick to it. As well as whether we regret our decisions.

How effective is your decision-making style? Not only that, but how happy are you with your decisions?

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