How do you make decisions in your life? How do you make decisions as a leader?
Do you act like you always know what is best (because you’re a "leader" of course)?
Do you surround yourself with yes-men to validate your ideas and create (faux) consensus?
Do you distance yourself from people who think differently than you so your ideas go unchallenged? Do you think you’re the smartest person in the room? Because if you are indeed the smartest person in the room, you need to find another room.
To be an effective leader you need to put in place mechanisms to ensure your ego doesn’t grow to unhealthy proportions.
Keep your ego in check and assemble a strong Kitchen Cabinet.
To learn how to create your own Kitchen Cabinet, get a free copy of my leadership ebook: Who’s In Your Kitchen Cabinet? | 10 Ways to Build a Powerful Brain Trust.
While you build that powerful brain trust, remember people will only want to advise you if they feel like you’re open to it.
To open yourself up to all your Kitchen Cabinet has to offer you, consider the following when you make decisions:
1. Embrace humility - Perhaps even using some self-deprecating humor, let those you lead know (and remind yourself), you understand you're not the expert on everything. No matter how awesome you are, you can’t achieve your full leadership potential if you always are the smartest person in the room or if you act like the smartest person in the room.
2. The vision is greater than you - No one person can know all the things about all of the things. Accept at a deep level that the mission, the vision, and the goals to be accomplished are far more important than you (and your ego).
3. Strength comes with others - To be an effective leader you must purposely surrounded yourself with expertise in all areas of your life so you can make the best informed decisions at any juncture. Know that seeking out opinions, expertise, and advice from others isn’t a sign of weakness, it makes you stronger.
Be it professionally or in your personal life, the difference between mediocre leadership and exceptional leadership hinges on your ability to cultivate and engage your own Kitchen Cabinet.
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