Don’t Be a Definite Maybe

“If I had to sum up in one word what makes a good manager, I’d say decisiveness. You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and act.”

~ Lee Iacocca

Don’t Be a Definite Maybe

By Sal Monastero

To be a successful leader-manager, you have to be decisive.  Probably the most frustrating thing to employees is working for a leader who can’t make a decision.  The phrase “don’t be a definite maybe” is well known.  The problem is that no one believes he or she is a definite maybe.  The term itself is demeaning by what it implies.  We all think we make decisions in a prompt or decisive manner, but I wonder if that is true and if it is what our employees think.  I found that most leaders could make decisions about things quite easily.  It’s making decisions about people that is difficult.  In many cases, middle managers can’t make people decisions, or they will vacillate over them.  When it becomes apparent to people in the organization that they are working for a definite maybe, they begin to lose confidence in that person’s leadership completely. (Monastero, 2010, p. 75).

From:  Monastero, S. (2010).  Winning at leadership: how to become an effective leader.  Bloomington, IN:  IUNIVERSE, Inc.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call To Action

Do you waffle when you have to make decisions about people in your organization?  Waiting often causes more damage than deciding.  When you catch yourself holding back on making a decision, what tactic/reminder/tool do you use to move forward?   Please share your thoughts below.

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