In a Harvard Business Review Article, May 2017 authors Botelho, Powell, Kincaid, and Wang name four characteristics of highly effective leaders including:
Their first characteristic is “effective leaders decide with speed and conviction”. The authors found in their research that leaders tend to overthink. They tend to get bogged down, because they are seeking perfect solutions. While it is sometimes better to withhold action until the leader is fully informed, avoidance is a trap that can lead to unnecessary delays and inaction that restrains the organization from needed change or advancement.
Effective leaders gather information, seek the wisdom of trusted confidents, act in a timely manner, and are empowered by their convictions.
Faith-based leaders add a crucial component that was not part of this research – they understand their calling and they seek God’s guidance.