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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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Nine Greatest Ideas for Sharing Decisions

Idea 49: Your role as leader

A key issue in leadership is how far the designated leader (appointed or elected) should share decisions with others, team members or colleagues. Of course, it is also an issue for all of us: how far should we make our decisions after solitary and silent thought, and how far should we consult others?

Before looking together at this decision-making aspect of leadership, let me put it into context by reminding you of the generic role of leader, which is true for all fields of work and all levels of leadership.

If you look closely at matters involving leadership, there are always three elements or variables:

1. The leader – qualities of personality and character.

2. The situation ...

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