Five Critical Decisions Every Leader Must Make

| July 18, 2019

Great companies and leaders develop themselves through a series of making good choices that bring about excellent results. In fact, the legacy of a leader is often determined by the critical decisions and choices that they make. The better the decisions, the better the results.

I like to remind leaders that our destiny unfolds in the future, but it is shaped by the decisions
that we make today. Leadership expert Peter Drucker once quipped that “Whenever you see a
successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”

However, many leaders fail as executives because of the poor choices they make in their
position. It’s time that CEOs and leaders embrace the importance of good decision making.

Here are some of the critical decisions they must make:

1. To Work “On” The Business

Many leaders fall into the rut of simply working in the business and never on the business.
Effective leaders understand the importance of getting off the crazy cycle to find a new direction,
inspiration and specific strategy to move the business forward. There are many ways leaders can
do this, such as seeking personal coaching or hosting a business roundtable. It’s up to you to
make the shift.

2. To Delegate And Trust Their Team

Leaders often try to do everything themselves and feel like they have to micromanage everything
in the organization. But when a leader follows this model, they actually become the bottleneck
for growth and success. When you’re making every last decision in an organization, people begin Great organizations have great decisions being made on every level of the organization. Andrew
Carnegie, one the most significant leaders of any generation, wrote: “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward
organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
Every leader must choose to delegate and trust their team if they want the possibilities of their
organization to become limitless.

If you want to delegate more, give away one responsibility a day for 30 days. At the end of a
month, you’ll feel free to focus on what matters most, and the team will feel inspired to complete
new tasks that will benefit the organization.

3. To Develop A Habit Of Personal Growth

Many organizations stop growing because their leader has stopped growing. They focus their
attention on improving their organization or their people but never focus on improving themselves. They often forget they, too, have blind spots and weaknesses that could be impacting
the business.

When leaders get better, organizations get better. That’s why every leader should choose to place a premium on personal growth. Develop a growth plan each month and focus on areas of improvement that will impact the company and your leadership performance. The best leaders
continue to learn, grow and develop all throughout their lifetime.

4. To Establish A Great Morning Routine

The first moments of the day set the tone for the rest of it. If you want to be productive and
effective, choose to make the absolute most of each morning and define a solid routine. If you
rush into the day without first considering where you are going and what you want to get done,
you’ll often lose yourself in the urgency of the moment. A productive morning routine can
consist of inspirational readings, reviewing strategic priorities, journaling or vision casting.

5. To Discuss The Vision Frequently And With Passion

When a leader is unclear about their organization’s vision, the organization becomes blurry and chaotic. Focus on what’s new and different, and become clear on your purpose and key tactical accomplishments. Bring clarity to the organization by frequently and passionately emphasizing the vision. People will follow a leader who knows where they are going and why they are going in that direction.

Leaders make thousands of decisions, none of which will ever be as important as these five. The
destiny of your company is revealed in the decisions you make every day. When you see a
successful leader, remember they are someone who made the right critical decisions.

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Email | Website | Ken Gosnell is the CEO and Servant Leader of CEO Experience (CXP). His company serves Christian CEOs and leaders by helping them to hear the words Well Done. CEO Experience provides great retreat experiences for CEOs that both transform them and their organizations that enable them to go further faster. Ken is the publisher of the CXP CEO Executive Guide that is designed to help leaders learn faster by encouraging them to give themselves a monthly learning retreat. His monthly CEO retreats have helped thousands of CEOs and their leadership teams to enhance strategic, operational, and people accomplishments. He is a keynote speaker, executive coach, and strategic partner with CEOs and successful business leaders. He is also the author of the book Well Done - Biblical Business Principles to grow a business and a Kingdom Impact due out in early 2021. Ken also writes monthly business, leadership, team, management, and CEO articles for several business magazines and publications, including Forbes,, YFS Magazine, The Startup, and Executive Vine. Connect with Ken at @ken_gosnell on Twitter or on Linkedin @