The Power of Good Judgement


Anyone who has ever been in a position of leadership knows that judgment is a vital quality. The ability to make sound decisions, based on knowledge and experience, is what separates good leaders from great ones. In their book Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls, Noel Tichy and Warren Bennis, argue that judgment is the most important attribute of exemplary leadership. They argue that leaders must be able to make decisions quickly and confidently, even in the face of uncertainty. While some people are naturally gifted with strong judgment, Tichy and Bennis argue that it is a quality that can be developed through experience and self-reflection. With the right training and mindset, anyone can learn to make great decisions—the cornerstone of successful leadership.

A lot of experts have tried to define good judgment, but it's still hard to understand exactly what it is or how to acquire it. Some say it's an acquired instinct or "gut feeling" that lets you combine deep experience with analytic skills at an unconscious level. This combination lets you see things that others overlook. While this makes sense, it's hard to put into practice. Good judgment is something that comes with experience. The more you have, the better your judgment becomes. But how do you know if you have good judgment? One way is to ask people who know you well and who have seen you make decisions in different situations. They can give you their opinion on whether they think you have good judgment or not. Another way is to look at your track record. If you've made a lot of bad decisions, then chances are your judgment isn't very good. But if you've generally made good decisions, then your judgment is probably pretty good. There's no sure way to tell, but these are some ways that can help give you an idea.

Leaders with good judgment tend to be good listeners and readers. They're able to take in large amounts of information and distill it down to the key points. This allows them to make better decisions, both in the short and long term. Good listeners also tend to be better at building relationships. They're able to understand where others are coming from and find common ground. This is essential for effective leadership. Leaders with good judgment are often lifelong learners. They're always looking for new ideas and perspectives that can help them improve their decision-making skills. If you want to be a successful leader, start by honing your listening and reading skills. These will serve you well in all aspects of your life.

It's always been hard for leaders to make judgement calls - after all, they're responsible for the lives of others and the well-being of society as a whole. But in recent years, it seems like the task has become even harder. The pandemic has forced leaders to make decisions with life-or-death consequences, and the political divide has made it difficult to find consensus on even the most basic issues. As a result, judgement calls have become more difficult than ever for leaders. How can they know if they're making the right decision when there is so much uncertainty? It's a daunting task, but one that leaders must face every day. Hopefully, with time and experience, they'll be able to find a way to make judgement calls that are best for everyone involved.

Good judgment is something that everyone hopes for in their leaders. When good decisions are made, it's a sign that the leader is thinking about what's best for the group as a whole and not just themselves. This usually results in a positive outcome for everyone involved. Seeing leaders use good judgment can be inspiring and give hope that things will continue to go well. It's a reminder that the world is full of capable people who are working hard to make it a better place. So, the next time you see a leader making good decisions, take a moment to appreciate all the good they're doing.

By Dean Miles

Keywords: Business Continuity, Entrepreneurship, Mental Health

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