The Decisive Leader

The decisive leader is the one who has the courage to make the tough decision and the discipline to live it out.

The decisive leader is the one who has the courage to make the tough decision and the discipline to live it out.

The decisive leader is the one who has the courage to make the tough decision and the discipline to live it out.  Without decisiveness the leader will limit themselves and the organization they lead.  Making the tough decisions is not easy, especially when there is a lot at risk.  There have been several times in the organizations I lead that I have had to make the tough decision and it has never been fun.  Whether it was a financial decision, a staffing decision or a directional decision, they have all been tough.  However, I cannot be a great leader if I don’t possess the ability to make the tough call.

There are several reasons why we become so indecisive:

  • Fear of making a mistake
  • Fear of looking like a fool
  • Fear of losing our influence
  • Fear that our decision will cause division
  • Fear that we may not be liked

These are just a few of the fears that overwhelm us when making a decision.  However, as fearful as this list may seem, it does not take away from the hard cold fact that any quality leader must be able to make the tough decision.

Here is a five – point model for greater decisiveness:

1) Give careful consideration to all the facts and options.
George Moore was right when he said “The difficulty in life is the choice.”  When you face a complex decision, seek out the advice of more experienced people, do your homework but then make the decision.

2)  Pay attention to your heart, intuition and gut.
Have you ever watched an infomercial about “getting rich”?  It seems very logical but something in your gut tells you it isn’t right.  Learn to pay attention to your heart, intuition and gut, they may save you a lot of heartache.

3)  Don’t second-guess yourself once you make a decision.
My friend was teaching me to drive his desert buggy and he said to me “when you make a decision, go with it.”  When you make a decision as a leader, don’t second-guess yourself.  Once you have gathered all the facts and made the best intelligent choice you can make, then don’t look back.  If you do, you will hurt yourself and lower the confidence that others have in you.

4) Believe you’ll probably make more good choices than bad ones in a lifetime.
If you follow the method of gathering your facts, following your gut and not second guessing yourself, you will be more likely to make good choices then bad ones.  This will give you the confidence that becoming a decisive person will pay off.

5)  Anticipate success, but don’t be afraid to fail.
Sir Winston Churchill once said “Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”  You are going to make some mistakes, but do not let that fear have the final word in your life.  Believe that success is coming your way and it probably will.  Become a great leader by becoming a great decision maker.  The decision you make will give you opportunities for success in your personal life and business life and it will instill great confidence in those you lead.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


“A man is not defeated by his opponents but by himself.”
Jan Christiaan Smuts

Chris Sonksen is a celebrated Motivational Speaker and Published Author; the Lead Pastor at one of America’s fastest growing churches (South Hills Church in Corona California); and the founding member of Celera Church Strategy Group. Celera offers pastor support, teaching, training and mentoring programs that equip pastors who want to learn how to grow church attendance through evangelism using proven church growth techniques.


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

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