Ask this question — to yourself — regularly. At the end of a meeting, the day or week. In your notebook, make two columns — the decision you made goes on the left; the reasons why you made that decision on the right. Think of it as a self-awareness retrospective.
Being a great leader and building great teams requires you to understand you. How do you come to conclusions, gather evidence and ultimately make a decision?
There are a lot of personality tests which can help identify your go-to traits, but you can learn just as much with 3 questions:
Do you value yourself or others more?
When you make a decision are you doing it because it is best for you or best for others?
Do you ask others or trust your gut?
Are you looking for opinions and then weighing that evidence? Or, do you trust yourself?
Do you evolve or
Once you have made a decision — right or wrong — does that decision influence future decisions? Or do you dig in and try it again?
Try these questions with a non-work scenario. Think about the last time you (and someone else) picked a restaurant. How did you make that decision?