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Twenty-two greatest ideas for decision making

Idea 27: Decisiveness

There is a time when we must firmly choose the course we will follow, or the relentless drift of events will make the decision.

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Decisiveness is an important leadership quality. You do need to be able to take the responsibility for making a decision – the right decisions at the right time and in the right way.

Don’t confuse being undecided with being indecisive. Being undecided is the state you are in before you take a decision; being indecisive is chronic dithering after the time when you know you should have taken a decision.

Case Study: US President Woodrow Wilson

I made up my mind long ago, when I got my first executive job, to open my mind ...

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