Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Rudy on Leadership: Making Decisions Pt 2

Rudy Giuliani on Leadership:

  • You cannot generate heartfelt debate unless the participants believe that the outcome is not predetermined.
  • Sometimes the best way to stimulate the debate you need to make an informed decision is to take a step back.
  • Once you've made a decision, you must stick to it; but up until that point make it clear that you'll entertain changing your mind even on subjects that seem cut and dried.
  • A leader has to be strong enough to make his own decisions, and stick to them even when they're unpopular; but he also must be self-confident enough to solicit opinions and change his mind without worrying that he'll appear weak.
  • Important, complicated decisions require both statistical analysis and intuition.
  • Statistics can provide the necessary data, but unless you provide your own intuition, gathered from your own experience, you are just a computer spitting out formulas.

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