Successful People Are Decisive



To decide is to make up one’s mind on a given topic or issue, come to a decision, make a choice, make up your mind, or reach a conclusion.

Successful people are decisive. Let’s clarify here that decisive and impulsive are not the same. Impulsivity is characterized by taking poorly conceived actions without foresight or actions that are prematurely expressed, unnecessarily risky, and inappropriate to the situation.

Successful people make important decisions quickly without procrastination, overthinking, and fear-based inaction. They investigate the situation, explore various options, and make an informed decision based on facts and previous experience. They leverage the opportunities presented to them by thinking big and acting big because they are aware that not all opportunities offer second chances. Successful people are willing to fail forward and course correct as needed recognizing that there isn’t a path to success that doesn’t include failure, mistakes, or new learning.

Have you decided to succeed as a Woman of Color in social work leadership?

Where is the visible evidence of your decision to succeed?

Deciding to succeed is expressed in how you speak to yourself, how you show up in the workplace, how you engage with your team, and how you interact with your colleagues and other stakeholders.

Deciding to succeed looks like setting healthy boundaries that honor your needs, goals, and responsibilities. Successful women say not to things that divert them from their intended path and yes to things that move them closer to their desired outcomes.

Deciding to succeed looks like strategic self-advocacy and self-promotion. Success doesn’t include dimming your light so your colleagues can shine, allowing others to take credit for your work, or waiting quietly to be acknowledged for your amazing contributions.

Deciding to succeed looks like not accepting low wages with the knowledge that your social work skills are high-income skills

If you have decided to succeed in your social work leadership career, I am available to assist you on your elevation journey.

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Nicki Sanders, MSW, ushers high-performing women of color in mid-level social work and human services leadership through promotion to senior leadership. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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