From Roger Schwarz: Have you ever been in a meeting when you thought you were going to be part of making the deci­sion, only to find out that the deci­sion-maker only wanted your input? It’s not a great feeling. Now, think about how you handle deci­sions when you’re the formal leader.

As a formal leader, you make deci­sions every day. Some deci­sions you make on your own, some you make after talking with others, and some you make as a team. Putting aside how you decide which deci­sion rule to use – consensus, vote, consul­ta­tion – there are some steps you can take to ensure that your team members will under­stand the deci­sion rule and any deci­sions you make. · Go to Three key deci­sion-making tips →