Developing Leaders Issue 31: 2019 | 33 Viewpoint If the answers to the Risk questions are all positive, then it is the leader’s task to clearly grant permission to those people to take on the responsibility. This Permission granting ideally should be as explicit as possible: “don’t ask me, you decide”, “you have enough information to make that call yourself, have a think about it and let me know what you decide”, “discuss it with the team, and do what you think best.” The vast majority of decisions we have to make are not mission critical. The failures we often encounter come from indecision rather than wrong ones. Most choices can be iterated and adapted once they are made so if they are sub-optimal ones they can be improved later on. The Risk & Permission approach is flexible, the leader whilst empowering their followers must always retain the ability to withdraw permission or over-rule. It is important as a leader, that you have ‘skin in the game’, if it goes wrong you remain responsible, therefore you