CCL has been studying leaders and their development for 40 years. Many of our practices have become “tried-and-true” ways to develop leaders and leadership. Here, we highlight ideas, strategies and tactics that we have developed and refined over many years and by working with many thousands of clients.

Improve Your Decision Making

As a leader, you may find yourself pulled between making decisions quickly and making them well. In the CCL guidebook Leadership Wisdom, Rola Ruohong Wei and Jeffrey Yip reveal how two techniques — inquiry and reflection — develop your capacity to make wise choices.

Leadership wisdom takes time to develop. Through inquiry and reflection, you can accelerate the learning curve.

Inquiry exposes you to other people’s lessons of experience and current perspectives. You may know the importance of listening to and learning from others, but Wei and Yip share an easy process for considering whom to ask, what to ask and how to ask.

Reflection allows you to analyze events and experience to uncover underlying lessons, influences, motivations and knowledge. It creates an internal space to understand and learn from your own experiences. Both surface-level reflection and deep reflection have value. The key is to make reflection a habit, part of your daily routine. Use a reflection journal, share reflections with others and encourage a culture of reflection in your workplace to boost your ability to learn from experience and apply those lessons wisely in the future.

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