Principles of Decision Making

Principles of Leadership Teachers Manual Religion 180R, (2001), 99–104

“Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; “For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward” (D&C 58:27–28).

Principle of Leadership

Good decision-making ability is necessary for Christlike leadership.

Lesson Concepts

  1. 1.

    Leaders must be able to make wise decisions.

Concept 1. Leaders Must Be Able to Make Wise Decisions.


“Making decisions is probably the most important thing people ever do,” taught President Ezra Taft Benson, who was then President of the Quorum of the Twelve. “Nothing happens until someone makes a decision. …

“Fortunately the ability and judgment necessary to make decisions can be acquired” (God, Family, Country: Our Three Great Loyalties [1974], 145). See the Teacher Resource section for suggestions by President Benson on how to learn to make wise decisions.

Teaching Idea

Discuss the idea that leaders must make wise decisions to help people come to Christ. Explain that we all can improve in our ability to make wise decisions.

Select several points that you consider important for making decisions as a leader (see the Teacher Resource section), and discuss them with the class.

Divide the class into small groups. Have each group come up with a hypothetical situation in which a Church or family leader must make a decision. (For example, a bishopric might be concerned that ward members are not coming to meetings on time, or a family might not know where to go for a vacation.)

Have each group exchange its hypothetical situation with another group. Invite the groups to apply the principles of decision making you discussed and come up with a decision and plan of action. Have each group share their decision and plans and how they arrived at them.

Teacher Resources

Ezra Taft Benson