Gain More Confidence in Your Managerial Judgment

Transitioning from being an individual contributor to a people manager is hard. You’re no longer only responsible for your own work and career; your decisions now have a direct impact on somebody else’s professional life. This can feel like a lot of responsibility—and it is! But there are habits you can build to develop your managerial judgment.

Listen. You may feel pressure to come up with an answer to every question or a solution to every problem. But remember that asking the right questions and listening—to your team, superiors, and key stakeholders—is an equally important leadership skill.

Consider a range of options. Poor judgment often comes from an inability (or unwillingness) to consider all the possible solutions to a given problem. To expand your point of view, ask trusted colleagues for input: “I’ve identified options A and B, and here are the trade-offs I see. What am I missing?”

Trust data…and your intuition. Good judgment ought to be backed up by data. But data alone can’t tell you whether a decision is right or wrong. Learn to trust your intuition. Your emotions, such as a feeling of discomfort, might be a clue that something is off or that you need further input.

Be patient. Snap decisions that go awry can be costly and hurt your credibility. Following a good process can help ensure that you form solid opinions and make decisions you can stand behind.

Use Curiosity to Keep Your Meetings on Track…

Are your meetings chronically disengaging—or worse, easily derailed? It may be time to introduce curiosity into the agenda to keep people focused and things on track.
 
First, direct the team’s attention to identifying the problem you’re there to solve. Rather than doing this for them, ask everyone in the room to define the goal of the meeting in one sentence. Clarifying a collective mission at the outset will help align team members and reduce confusion or irrelevant sidebars.
 
Then let your employees do the talking. Just because you’re leading the meeting doesn’t mean you have to dominate it. Show curiosity, ask others for their opinions before sharing your own, and actively listen. This is a powerful way to engage and empower people.
 
Finally, offer feedback—but avoid judgmental language. Judgment is the opposite of curiosity and can discourage and demotivate your team, leading to stilted, unproductive meetings. If you’re unsure how you feel about an idea, probe it. Simply saying “say more” is a nonjudgmental way of expressing curiosity and maintaining meeting momentum.

Beware the Risks of Too Much Humility…

Humility is a virtue in leadership—but being too humble can backfire. Here are three ways humility can undermine your leadership.
 
You may be perceived as indecisive. Democratizing every decision-making process can be misconstrued as a reluctance to take a stand, or a lack of conviction in your strategic vision. Don’t defer to consensus all the time. Instead, recognize that true humility isn’t about forfeiting your authority—it’s about confidently wielding it when you have to.
 
You may hinder your own career advancement. Deflecting praise or funneling all the credit down to your team can erase your own role in your team’s achievements. Dual-promotion, in which you compliment a colleague, peer, or team while also sharing your own personal accomplishments, can be a powerful way to walk the line between humility and confidence.
 
You may be limiting your team’s development. If you worry that delegating work to employees could be seen as oppressive or demotivating, you may actually be depriving them of opportunities to learn and grow. Understand that delegation isn’t strictly about offloading tasks, but rather about expanding your team’s capacity and resilience.

Give or Take…

If you want to take something, you need to be ready to give.

Life works best in a reciprocal, if someone is giving you something, it’s important that you also give out to life.

Help others, and get help, this is a single motto in life that cannot change and should not change.

Life pillars…

If you are humble, you will connect with others in life.

If you are trustworthy, you will trust others in life.

If you are hardworking, you will earn success in life.

If you are habitual, you will go a long way.

Life with these four pillars is happy, successful, and content.

Find Gold in Others…

When you are interacting with people, what we generally do is judge them and start looking at pitfalls, and problems in them, we have a bit of a negative approach.

But it should be the opposite when we go digging into the people, we should look for gold, not dirt because everyone has gold buried within them, it just needs some policing and shining.

And if we start looking at gold in others, we will also find gold within ourselves.

Long Term View…

For every short-term view we take, let’s pause for 1 minute and think of its long-term implications.

It can be any decision or action big or small.

Job – Yes it gives money in the short term, but does it make your career in the long term, pause and reflect.

Eating Burger – Yes it gives immediate taste to your senses, what does to your body in the long run?

Long-term thinking helps make better decisions than short-term thinking.