To become a leader, you should think like a leader. Sit down and observe what are the qualities you find in good leaders. And then start practicing them. One of the important qualities of a leader is of decision making.
Kautilya says, “He should hear (at once) every urgent matter, (and) not put it off. An (affair) postponed becomes difficult to settle or even impossible to settle.” (1.19.30)
There is a lot of work that cannot move forward without the final sanction of a leader. Thus, here Kautilya suggests that if there is any subordinate who comes to him with an urgent matter, he should listen to him at once. If he postpones such a decision, the pressure gets piled up and then the situation gets out of control.
A leader has to be a fast thinker, a fast decision maker, and a fast implementer. He has no time to waste. Analysing is good but moving ahead is important.
How to become a good decision maker?
While you are planning and thinking over an assignment or a project, give yourself enough time to think over the various possibilities.
Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai is an Indian management thinker, author, and Founder of Atma Darshan and Chanakya Aanvikshiki. Dr Pillai has extensively researched Kautilya’s Arthashastra, the 3rd century BC treatise and incorporated it into modern management.