Leadership is full of decisions…
Some decisions become routine…
Others are difficult to make…
Recently I asked online: What’s the hardest decision you have to make as a leader?”
Here are some responses I received:
- Dealing with lower performing team members in a high expectation culture.
- Being told you have to eliminate _______ number of people from your team.
- When it’s time to stop (or pass the torch).
- Having to make a decision when all the facts aren’t known and a direct path to take is unclear.
- Asking for help with an addiction, affair, mental disease, marriage, etc.
- Transitioning a church from traditional to more modern.
- Closing down a ministry to consolidate servants for efficiency.
- Choosing between the good of the person versus the good of the organization.
- Making the call you know needs to be made but it will cost you your job for making it.
- Firing friends.
- To disagree or go against something that your boss says or wants..or to call out the boss on areas where they need improvement.
- Knowing when to stop banging my head against the same wall & when to keep pushing.
- Finding the proper balance between personal life and the organization that you serve?
- Firing people; dealing with backsliders; communicating with difficult personality types,recruiting
- Saying no when you know there will be conflict.
Obviously, it appears, the hardest decisions in leadership involve people.
- What would you add to the list?
- What ‘s the hardest decision you’ve made as a leader?
- Which of these is most difficult for you?