Fixing Why Leaders Don’t Let Go of Decisions

Decisions should be made
by those closest to the action.

The trouble is those closest to the action may not see the big picture. They may act selfishly. Perhaps they’re great at their jobs but they’re fearful. Should I continue?

You have a bag full of reasons why others shouldn’t have decision making authority. Most are self-made; many are self-serving.

Leaders can’t let go of decisions because they:

  1. Believe distributed decision making creates mediocrity.
  2. Think they know better.
  3. Don’t share information.
  4. Have more experience.
  5. Have an agenda they haven’t shared.
  6. Don’t trust others.

Personally, I don’t let go of decisions because I believe:

  1. I’m more passionate.
  2. I better see where we need to go.
  3. I like control.

Five Ways I know you’re ready to make decisions:

  1. You fully embrace organizational values. The more closely aligned we are the more trusting I am of you.
  2. You have a proven track record of unselfishness. I can’t let you make decisions if you have your own best interests in mind.
  3. You have a proven track record of follow-through. The more you’ve succeed in the past the more I trust you in the present.
  4. You understand and believe in organizational vision. Decisions that impact future direction most touch vision.
  5. You understand and believe in organizational mission. Decisions that improve present conditions most touch mission.

What prevents leaders from sharing decision making authority?

How do you know when others are ready to make decisions?

How can you prepare people to become decision makers?