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Effective Decision Making

By Doug Franklin February 11, 2014

As leaders, critical thinking is very important. It is the ability to make good judgments and to act with wisdom. Critical thinking is making decisions based on a standard. For Christ followers, the standard is God’s word. But many of us struggle with making good decisions not because we don’t know God’s commands but because we don’t know ourselves. If you struggle with low self-esteem then you will struggle with critical thinking. If you make decisions through the filter of “how will this decision make me look to others” then you are making the wrong decision and your critical thinking is going to be poor. Confidence in yourself and who God has made you to be allows you to make decisions through the filter of “what is the best thing to do to bring God glory?” Decisions based on this filter will bring you success. Confidence comes when you know the following:

1. Your strengths
What you are truly gifted to do. Buy the Strength Finders 2.0 book and go through the assessment.

2. Your passions
What you love to do.

3. Your vision
What you believe God has called you to do.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More