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Why Are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders? A Better Way to Evaluate Leadership Potential by Jay Moran, Jeffrey Cohn

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WHAT IS GOOD JUDGMENT?

Good judgment essentially means good decision making. This sounds simple enough, but the origins of how and why people make the decisions they do are actually quite complex.

It is tempting to believe that most choices we make are the product of rational thinking. In reality, emotion, bias, social preference, trust, stress, and instinct all have a way of creeping in. For example, many people vote for a political candidate based on “gut” or because they consider the candidate “likable.” Similarly, all of us have made impulse purchases at one time or another. Remember that new watch or pair of shoes that you just had to have? What about those trendy sunglasses? Or consider what we eat. Given that the average waist size in ...

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