…you, leader, can't be too emotional
One most difficult thing leader might have to face is handling failure.
Making a decision has a lot to do with risk analysis.
It is not so wholesome as a leader if he can only lead and make decision without ability to analyse and taking into account risk.
For me, leading people to a wrong way that results in failure is too much to bear.
How disappointed the team would be? how much impact would this failure has on team's morale?
How would leader handle the guilt?
I am not saying that leader should always (100%) make a right decision to be deemed a good leader, uncertainty is out there everywhere in the world, every situation, ....that's just the way it is.
"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong" - Murphy's law
However, what would help leader minimise the chance of being wrong?
If something goes wrong, is it solely because of decision making?
or is it also about what leader does, how leader manage after he had made that decision?
Failure is not as bad as letting your team down....
Keeping team's morale and momentum, learning from mistake and restoring confidence after that failure are vital.
If the team still has spirit and stick together, failure is just a bump, and success will be on a way.