Are you working in a company or law firm where executive coaches help leaders make better decisions? Does your company or law firm provide executive coaching and leadership development for their best and brightest leaders?
One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is "How can I make better decisions?" Emotionally intelligent and socially intelligent organizations provide executive coaching and leadership development for exemplary leaders at all levels of the organization.
Decision Making Flaws
Authors Sydney Finkelstein, Jo Whitehead and Andrew Campbell have studied how smart leaders make catastrophic decisions. In Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions and How to Keep It From Happening to You (Harvard Business School Press, 2008), these experts show how the brain's thinking processes can distort judgment.
In studies of more than 83 flawed business and political decisions, the authors identify two major factors at play:
1. An individual or a group has made an error of judgment.
2. A decision process fails to correct the error.
Normally, when an influential person makes an error of judgment, the decision process will bring the error to light. Other people with different views will challenge the flawed thinking. The facts will be exposed and erroneous views corrected.
Complex decisions always involve personal interpretations and judgment. That's what makes them difficult to get right. You need debate and consensus - but even with both, two important questions arise:
1. How do you know when you or those debating your premise are coming from a biased position?
2. How do you know when your consensus is nothing more than groupthink?
Working with a seasoned executive coach trained in emotional intelligence and incorporating leadership assessments such as the Bar-On EQ-i and CPI 260 can help company leaders learning how to become better decision makers. You can become a leader who models emotional intelligence and social intelligence, and who inspires people to become fully engaged with the vision and mission of your company or law firm.