Forget "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," the website for the Harvard Business Review now has a list of the "9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions."
Based on surveys, bad decision-makers share many of the worst traits. The No. 1 habit: laziness.
"This showed up as a failure to check facts, to take the initiative, to confirm assumptions, or to gather additional input. Basically, such people were perceived to be sloppy in their work and unwilling to put themselves out," according to the report co-authored by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman of the Zenger/Folkman leadership development consultancy.
The other eight habits of highly ineffective leaders were: not anticipating unexpected events; indecisiveness; remaining locked in the past; having no strategic alignment; over-dependence; isolation; lack of technical depth; and failure to communicate the what, where, when, and how associated with their decisions.