Modes of Decision-Making

In group discussions, when leaders are transparent about how decisions will get made they often get to better outcomes with more engaged participants. And being transparent about decision-making is easier when a team shares a simple vocabulary about different modes of decision-making.

The spectrum below offers one potential framework to share within teams. For instance, leaders might use the vocabulary below to say, “To be transparent, I’m in test mode – I’ve thought about it and am leaning toward this path, but I want to see whether you think it’s the right course before I decide” or “I’m viewing this as a joint decision that we will make as a group.”




[1] We adapted this from a similar framework created by Monitor Consulting.