There is a great misconception among leaders today; too often, and especially when feeling the pressure, leaders assume it is their job to narrow a decision to a simple pair of choices–yes/no, stop/start, either/or. This is scarcity mentality in action.

Wait, what? Only if it’s a BAD leader. Good leaders don’t think like this.

For instance, when we go too fast–consistently and instinctively–we erode our ability to learn, to embrace other perspectives, to reflect and consider the consequences of actions, and to simply be more tuned in to things outside our normal range of vision. When we fight too much, we struggle with opposition and barriers rather than finding grounds for mutual gain. When speed is foremost in our minds, we force too many decisions because “getting it done” trumps the longer process of making sound decisions at the appropriate time.

Obviously, but going fast does not imply that we aren’t learning, nor that we make decisions fast just for the heck of making them.

Don’t read this: The Need For Speed Is Killing Your Company