The ability to work with others in order to find optimal solutions to various problems
WHAT IS IT?
Shared decision making involves using logic or reason to evaluate various ideas or concepts. Furthermore, this analysis happens within a team; and members work together to draw conclusions. Effectively leading such an effort requires the ability to weigh the merits of individual ideas and productively extract information, ideas, and opinions from others. Leaders with shared decision making skills are can hear the best ideas in the room, think with confidence, and model the way for a group conversation and decision.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Any organization or project is only a few bad decisions away from decline or failure. Every major decision must be analyzed and thought out. When multiple parties have opinions and especially when more than one group will be affected by the outcome, taking into consideration the suggestions of others is imperative. Leaders with skills in this area are invaluable. Thinking clearly, listening to multiple opinions, and making reasonable decisions are hallmarks of a great leader.