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How To Make Data Driven Decisions for Leadership


Are the leaders in your office making data-driven decisions? Here are 3 areas that the data should drive your decision-making.

There are many different ways to define a leader. Businessman Ray Kroc said, “The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.”

Bill Bradley believes, “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.”

Others say a leader is one who dictates what each employees tasks and goals are. On the other hand, some pundits say a leader serves as a mentor for their employees to help them develop the skills they need to ensure a success future within the organization.

A good read is the article from Business News Daily, 30 Ways to Define Leadership to understand even more views on how to define a leader.

However you define a leader — the most effective leaders need to be making data-driven decisions when it comes to the training, engagement, and leadership style.


Training is occurring all of the time, whether it be internal or external. Do you have a training program put in place for new employees? How about for new programs or products? How is your training program doing? You need a tool that can tell you these answers. And, if you can answer that question, how long does it take you to figure it out?

In a busy work environment you — as the leader at your office — need to be able to know how your training programs are doing and which parts need to be updated, revised, or even purged.

Ving allows you to create a training program that couples documents, slide decks, video, and surveys. And that’s not even the best part! Ving gives you easy to understand analytics that allow you to make better data-driven decisions for your training plan.


Are your employees engaged? It is up to you as the leader to know who in your office is disengaged. Disengaged employees cause higher turnover and a decrease in productivity. How do you know who is engaged and who isn’t?

You need a tool that allows you to distribute project materials, annual surveys, and other employee communications all in one place. And… you guessed it — and make data driven decisions! You need to know which employees are opening, viewing, and completing your content.

With Ving, you can quickly see who has not viewed your content. Not just that, you can see which content is being engaged most! Knowing which of your content is being viewed most will allow you to make better data-driven decisions when customizing the way you communicate with your employees.

Understand Leadership Styles

Is your leadership style working? Do you know what your style is? A successful leader knows their leadership style. Once your style is perfected you will be able to make better data-driven decisions for your entire team.

There are a few different activities you can complete to determine what your leadership style is. One that is successful and particularly straightforward to is: "True Colors Personality Test".

  1. To start complete "True Colors". Keep in mind which of the words describe your personality and leadership style the best.
  2. Once you have completed the written test, (it takes about 5 minutes) add up your numbers
  3. Each of the numbers correspond to a particular color: orange, blue, gold and green.

Each color represents specific leadership traits:

Orange- Expects quick action, works in the here and expects people to “make it fun”

Blue- Expects others to express views, works to develop others’ potential and is very individuals oriented.

Gold- Expects punctuality, order, loyalty and also expects people to “play” their roles.

Green- Expects intelligence and competence, seeks ways improve systems, encourages change for improvement and expects people to follow through.

Now that you know what your leadership style is you can apply it to your training and engagement communications. Remember it is about making better data-driven decisions to make your office a more productive place to work.

Try Ving! Ving is a great way to share trackable digital packets. Once you send out your Ving, you are able to keep track of who has completed it and who knows the important information you have sent out. Try Ving today!

Co-Author - Taylor Phillips


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