CNLP 389: Andy Stanley Dissects the Process He Uses to Make Decisions, the Limits of Gut-Based Decision Making, and How to Stop Lying to Yourself as a Leader

Andy Stanley returns to the podcast and breaks down the process he uses to make decisions, why he moved to team-based decision making as a young leader, and what the limits of gut-based decision making are.

Andy walks leaders through five questions that will help them make better decisions and have fewer regrets, and explains how leaders can stop lying to themselves and make better decisions as a result.

Welcome to Episode 389 of the podcastListen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.

Plus, in this episode’s What I’m Thinking About segment, Carey talks 2 questions he asks when making decisions.

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1. Great leaders don’t make great decisions, they make sure the right decisions get made

So many people think that a great leader is the person who has all of the right answers. That’s actually not true. Great leaders build great teams of leaders who make high-quality team-based decisions.

2. If you want to make better decisions, ask better questions

When you make a poor decision as a leader, you wish that you could go back and ask more questions before making that bad decision. In his new book Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets, Andy outlines 5 questions every leader should ask before making decisions.

3. When making decisions, draw the line at wise/unwise, not illegal/legal or moral/immoral

When you look back at the major regrets you have in your life, they are almost always preceded by a series of unwise decisions. If you want to avoid doing things you regret, ask yourself, “Is this wise?” If it’s not, don’t do it.

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CNLP 389: Andy Stanley Dissects the Process He Uses to Make Decisions, the Limits of Gut-Based Decision Making, and How to Stop Lying to Yourself as a Leader


  1. Nithin on January 12, 2021 at 3:20 am

    That was so insightful!
    By the way, Carey, listening to your podcast was one of the best things I did during the pandemic. It helped me lead the organisation in a very insightful manner. Though I was very tempting to lay off some of the staff, we stuck on and encouraged each to stand strong and faithfully. Thanks a ton!

    • Carey Nieuwhof on January 12, 2021 at 4:36 pm

      So glad to hear that!

  2. Benjer on January 7, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    So good. I’ve been thinking a lot about how we make decisions as leaders every since reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Blink a couple of months ago. Thanks for the interview!

  3. faraz ahmad on January 7, 2021 at 6:14 am

    really helpful. thank you for sharing

    • Carey Nieuwhof on January 7, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      So glad it helped Faraz!

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