High-Impact Decision Makers: Which Type Are You?

As business leaders, we make many decisions all the time. I wondered how many decisions the average person actually makes in a day.

The research on that number covers a vast range; the experts I checked on tell us it’s between 75 to 35,000 decisions each day depending on what we regard as decision-making activities.

It means that even with the lowest rate of 75 decisions per day, we are going to end up making close to one million decisions in our lifetime. When you realise that, it becomes even more obvious that the decisions we make and how we make them totally shape our lives and determine the impact of our life’s work.

So how then can we make those one million decisions more powerfully?

Five Powerful Decision Maker ‘Styles’

The reality is that there’s no single method for the right decision making that works for every situation for every person…simply because there are different ways of making good decisions. And just like the way we have different personality types, our natural decision making styles might be different from others’.

For example, here are five types of powerful decision makers and their key strengths. I wonder which type(s) you think you are inclined to be.


1. Intuitive Decision Maker (Strength: PRESENCE)

Many of our daily decisions are made intuitively without thinking too much. We may refer to these intuitive decisions as ‘gut-feeling’ decisions. But we should not confuse intuitive decision making with reactive decision making. Great intuitive decisions are made with quiet confidence. You are willing to take full responsibility of the decision no matter if it leads to the expected outcome or not. Making greater intuitive decisions allows you to experience your life with more presence and enjoyment.

“There is a divine purpose behind everything.”

Neale Donald Walsch

2. Learning-Based Decision Maker (Strength: BETTERMENT)

If you can learn to make a better decision every time you make a mistake, you will eventually get to the right outcome. With this approach, you are not afraid of making mistakes because you know every decision leads to improved understanding. If you are gifted with learning-based decision making, you can be a great contributor to any group or organisation.

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

Theodore Roosevelt

3. Fact-Based Decision Maker (Strength: CLARITY)

With good fact-based decision making, you can spot inefficiency, bring clarity to chaotic situations and help others make better decisions without getting emotionally attached. Fact-based decision making allows you to communicate the reasons for the decisions clearly with others too. But be careful with indecisiveness because some decisions have to be made even when we don’t have all the facts and data. Finding the right balance is the key to making most reasonable fact-based decisions.

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”

Kofi Annan

4. Goal-Oriented Decision Maker (Strength: VISION)

Many of the decisions we make daily may focus us on a clear goal Just doing things habitually might not be leading to the desired outcome. Goal-oriented decisions are made with clear objectives in mind. And it often requires patience because the true reward of the decision might not be experienced so quickly. Goal-oriented decision makers make great organisation leaders who can motivate others to sacrifice their short-term pleasure to achieve great long-term results.

“In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.”

Dalai Lama

5. Leveraged Decision Maker (Strength: TRUST)

It turns out that few people become great leveraged decision makers. These are the people who trust and let others around them make important decisions. Now, you are not the only one making the numerous decisions that need to be made wisely. This approach, while most effective of all, can only be made possible by creating strong relationships and by guiding others to become aligned with the shared vision.

“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”

Stephen Covey


 So…which one do you think is your natural decision making style? It’s possible that you have potential to become all five of these powerful decision makers. And that might actually be required if you are to make 35,000 decisions wisely every day!

Now, what’s your next decision?


If you want to do more to create positive impact…

You can learn more about the art of making improvements in Masami’s latest book “GIVING BUSINESS: Creating The Maximum Impact in the Meaning-Driven World”.

You can also download the free e-book to find out how you can maximize the impact of your life and business from here.

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