No one wants a leader who suffers from paralysis by analysis, but being deliberate does have its advantages. Good leaders try to consider all the consequences before making that crucial decision. Here are a few things to consider before coming to a final decision; How will the decision impact the community? How will the decision impact the office, agency, department or business? Will the decision have an impact beyond five years? Will the decision have implications regarding a collective bargaining agreement? Will the decision comply with the law?

Decisions should never be made in a vacuum. When possible (and generally time is on your side) consult with those you know are competent and understand the issue. Remember; you are being watched and evaluated. You can make good decisions in a timely manner when you consider the consequences in advance. When it’s time to make that decision you’ll do it with the best information and a clear conscience.

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