The top three traits of great decision makers are: Know Yourself, Always asking the Right Questions and Trust Your Instinct.
1. Know Yourself
From time to time great decision makers perform a self-evaluation to determine what their strengths, weaknesses and biases are. To be make great decisions, you need to know yourself first to be certain you are confident in making the correct choices.
When you do not know yourself well enough, you tend to make more incorrect decisions. Invest some time in understanding who you are, what you stand for and what your core values are. Once you have achieved this understanding, you will make your decisions with confidence. What are your core values?
2. Asking the Right Questions
Sometimes asking questions is the right answer. Asking the right questions sometimes is the better answer. It is difficult to take in so much information and not question or validate all of this data. There are so many influences such as your team, clients, the culture, the market and the media.
The challenging part is asking the difficult or specific questions to gain further knowledge to help making great decisions. Be persistent and do not settle until you have all your questions answered. For some, this is a tough task and for those being asked it can be tough as well. As a great decision maker, you need to ask all the right questions to make a sound decision.
3. Trust Your Instinct
Go with your first gut instinct. Yes, sometimes we are wrong and sometimes we second-guess ourselves. Most of the time, our instinct is the right one. I call this the sixth sense feeling. Trust it.
When it feels right or when it does not feel right, you will know. This natural ability will steer you into the correct course of action when seeking an answer. It may not be the most popular answer or direction, however, you know it is the right one. Great decision makers trust their instinct.