How to Make Courageous Decisions (Webcast Recording)



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Making the right decisions are tough for any leader under most circumstances. But when decisions will inevitably create pushback, when jobs are on the line, or when there are no clear answers, it can be so stressful that many leaders freeze in place.

How can you build the courage to act as a leader at your institution? Using real scenarios from higher education, we’ll explore a series of practical steps a leader can take to build both their awareness and ability to make decisions that are fraught with complexity and ambiguity.

Action Worksheet

When facing a courageous decision, it can be helpful to use a visual device to map your thinking as you work through the complexity of the problem. Included in the webcast is an action worksheet that can help you identify the ideas, decision points, and impacts of the decision at hand.

Who Should Attend

If you have ever experienced confusion, defensiveness, or delay in making a tough decision, you would benefit from attending this webcast. We specifically encourage middle and senior managers to attend.

Learning outcome

After participating in this online training, you will be better prepared to make courageous decisions for your institution.


  • Defining “courageous decisions?”
  • Four practices of courageous leaders
    • Identifying key support
    • Leveraging others
    • Anticipating opposition
    • Planning to meet opposition
  • Four ways to build your strength
    • The role of personal and institutional values
    • The role of heritage
    • Self-care
    • How to build pre-resilience
  • Using a visual map to aid in your decision making


Pat Sanaghan, President, The Sanaghan Group

Dr. Sanaghan serves as the head of The Sanaghan Group, an organizational firm specializing in leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, and leadership transitions. Pat has worked with over 200 campuses and hundreds of organizations in the last twenty-five years. He has taught leadership to thousands of leaders in higher education, and helped over one hundred campuses conduct collaborative, transparent strategic planning processes. He is the co-author/author of six books, numerous articles, and several monographs in the fields of strategic planning, leadership, and change management. His most recent books include: Collaborative Leadership in Action and How to Actually Build an Exceptional Team. Dr. Sanaghan also serves as a board member of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN.


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