4 Ways A Team Can Make Decisions Without Depending on You

A great part of the success of any team lies with it being able to act autonomously.

Knowing that you can focus on other areas of your business frees up your own time, while you can have faith that your team will be working together and making decisions to move them forward. However, if your team has become dependent on you, they may be hesitant to make a decision without being told what to do.

Perhaps individuals feel scared of making the “wrong” choice, while others simply don’t know enough to make the right one. Others may shy away from the conflict that can sometimes be needed to successfully make a decision.

Here are some things you can do to help your team become more independent:

1. Make the Decision Easy
A team may be hesitant to make a decision if they are unaware of the ramifications, or don’t know enough facts about how to implement it, or why they should choose one way or another. By educating your team thoroughly on the subject at hand, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to make a decision.

2. Remove Yourself from the Situation
By making yourself “too available”, you can make coming to you the easier, lazier choice. If a team is clinging to you to provide answers, make yourself unavailable to provide them with the ability to think for themselves. Take an extended weekend, or busy yourself with meetings so that you are physically not present. This forces them to act independently and think for themselves.

3. Reinforce Your Trust in their Decision-Making Abilities
If your team has doubts about their ability to make choices, make sure you offer support at every opportunity to boost their confidence. For example, if they are wavering, you could say something like, “I have faith that you can make this decision, otherwise I wouldn’t have hired you/promoted you/put you in charge of the project.”

4. Start with Small Decisions
Don’t make the first decision you leave in their hands a big one. Ideally, it should be something that is easy to implement, and easy to change if it doesn’t work. When your team has initial success working together to reach a decision on small things, they will develop the confidence needed to tackle bigger challenges.

Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.

Mattie Stepanek
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