Decision Style Profile®

Learn how you prefer to make decisions and gain more knowledge about your decision style in order to develop and improve your decision-making skills. It evaluates the appropriateness of how much or little you include others in your decision-making process and to what extent you use the five critical decision factors in a given situation. This assessment helps you improve and refine your decision-making and create an awareness of your strengths and areas of improvement in your decision-making process. 

After completing this assessment and training course you will be able to: 

  • Create a uniform system for managers in their decision-making process
  • Increase awareness of how much the degree of involving others in the decision-making process impacts productive outcomes 
  • Understand the five factors that impacts the quality of the decision, its approval and implementation 

The five different styles

Directing: When using the directing style, the decision maker is solely dependent on their own judgement. They assume that they understand the situation and that they have all the information needed to make a good decision. They do not share the problem with others and do not solicit information. It is usually the least time-consuming style. 

Fact Finding: When using the fact-finding type, the decision maker identifies specific information which is needed to make the decision. They know from whom to request the information and do not share the problem with others or solicit advice or suggestions. They reserve the sole right to make the decision themselves. 

Investigating: When using the investigating style, the decision maker shares the situation with others and solicit input in the form of suggestions and possible action plans. The investigative leader selectively includes key stakeholders whose input is the most relevant to the decision at hand. They accept input from others, but clearly reserve the right to make the final decision. 

Collaborating: When using the collaborating style, the decision maker shares the problem with and solicit input from all stakeholders (e.g. team, group or individuals) identified as having an interest in the decision and its outcome. They ask for, listen to and consider their ideas and input. Ideally, the decision is discussed with all stakeholders at the same time to avoid confusion about information or opinions. The decision-maker reserves the right to make the final decision while evaluating information about the most important stakeholders. 

Teaming: With the team style, the decision maker turns to the key stakeholders to share equal in decision making. Stakeholders may be members of a work team, task force, project team or others whose effort and information are crucial for successful implementation. Ideally, a consensus between all key actors is reached. 

Best suited for 

Everyone who wants to learn more about their decision style. For those who want to know more about and learn how you make decision to develop and improve your decision making. Find out how much or little you include others in your process and to what extent you utilize the five critical decision factors in your decision-making process. 

Ready to make better decisions? And find out what you can do?