Being objective provides the liberty to make decisions that are fair and practical. As a leader, when you focus on the facts, it enables you to take out the emotion in the decision making process. The most successful leaders in the world are able to act and make decisions even when they don’t feel like it. They are able to do this because facts require objectivity and feelings are based on subjectivity.

Beyond a reasonable doubt when you focus on solid, concrete information you make the best decision for yourself, your team, and your organization. The next time you need to make a decision focus on the factual, tangible information and you will make the best decision.

Exercise: Follow these four steps to maintain objecti- vity when making decisions.

  1. Review all of the information

  2. Weigh the pro’ s and con’ s

  3. Eliminate emotion

  4. Make the decision

The facts are the facts and you can’t argue with them. I know you are saying, but one of the realistic focus areas is “your heart”. How can you be objective if you need to consider feelings? Here is an example using the three areas, while maintaining objectivity.

  1. If you need to promote someone, you use “your head” to review their performance and their qualifications. Y ou promote the most qualified candidate.

  2. If someone comes into your office and says they just lost a loved one, then you would use “your heart” to empathize with their loss.

  3. If an employee is lying to you, then you would use “your gut” to resolve the issue.

Being objective takes the emotions out of the decision making process. It helps you make the best decision.

Final thought…

Life becomes less complicated when we make decisions based on facts, not emotions.

Dr. Donna 

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