[May 2, 2018] Good decision making is not always easy and no one said being a leader was going to be a cake way anyway. Decision-making abilities are based on proper and independent judgment.
“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” – Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll), English writer, mathematician, logician, deacon, and photographer
Charles Dodgson was an intelligent man who was known for his logic and interesting wordplay in his writings. He was most interested in how men make good judgments about the world around them and often wrote about it in his fantasy works like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865).
That’s right, “judgment.” As we know, the leader must exercise a particular judgment that has been developed through a combination of experience, education, training, and by obtaining accurate information. These four items are not always available and frequently we see them corrupted to the point they give leaders a false lead.
Independent judgment is the phraseology used today when it comes to the proper way for leaders to make proper and effective decisions. Not long ago, it was expected that a leader would have these necessary attributes to do this since all leaders forged their way through a predetermined pathway. By surviving tests of their abilities along the way, they emerged as a worthwhile leader or they didn’t.
Today it is common to have leaders who are in their positions making decisions yet they are there, not based on experience, education, and training, but by the fact of their race or gender. This was common practice in the centuries prior to the middle 20th Century. Ones birthright or inheritance determined what leadership position a leader would obtain.
This was pushed to the wayside as wars of the 20th Century proved this model of leader development to be wrongheaded and frequently tragic in its outcome. History repeats itself, of course, but no one is paying much attention to this shift in leader selection.
Perhaps we could all do ourselves a favor and again read some of Lewis Carroll’s works for insight and entertainment.