Shared decision-making models are quite popular among leaders I interview. Many of them decide, and then share it. No input required, just compliance. They may gather data and maybe talk to other leaders, but they really believe that leaders do the thinking and persuade others to follow. That’s checklist thinking.

What would happen if we used decisions to teach leadership? What happens when people impacted by a decision are invited to help shape the outcome?

Although you still “hold the D,” you may learn about something you missed… like sharks in the water. Plus, your team can learn how to diagnose and weigh options that support larger goals. By listening before deciding you also build a trusting, collaborative culture that is priceless.

Life is a team sport. Teach your team to make decisions together.