I’m amazed how little the quality of discernment is emphasized in a leader’s development, and yet, with the exception of having right motives, it just might be the most critical quality of leadership. Good judgment enables you to make good calls—and considering how fast business moves today, you’ll need to make a lot of them often, and quickly.

The average leader makes dozens of “leadership” decisions per day. By 2:00 P.M. each day, I’ve made roughly twenty-three—ranging from what my team needs to know in the weekly meeting, to how two managers should work through a conflict, to whether or not I need to be involved in a client meeting. What gives me the ability to make the right calls? How do I evaluate my decisions? How do ...

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