I have categorized a long list into four types of decision making styles to make it easier to get a sense of how they all relate to each other. These four types of decision making styles I have called:
The useful styles are:
A flexible approach to decision making may mean that you not only have more alternatives but you also have different ways to gather information to make more informed choices.
Pro-active people are never afraid to make decisions. Firstly, they know that it may not be perfect. Secondly, it can still be effective even if it's not perfect. And thirdly, they're not afraid to make a new decision if the situation demands it.
A deliberate style means having a structured decision making process in place and making best use of it. Often they will make decisions before they need to, so that when the time arrives, the decision is already made and they are ready to take swift, effective action.
As a standard way of going about things, these types of decision making styles will cause misery and upset. Of course, however, there are times when it may be appropriate to use one of these:
And these ones will just cause you trouble
These styles are more a description of the model being used then types of decision making styles. Rational, analytical models utilise a logical sequential process to reach a decision. Intuitive models use other than a rational approach.
The normative decision making is actually a description of how experts think humans should be making decisions. And behavioral decision making describes how humans actually make decisions.
Various types of decision making styles are used by leaders and the variation occurs in whether the leader makes a decision alone or includes the group, and to what extent the group is included. There's even a rational approach to deciding how this should be done. It's the Vroom-Jago decision model.
These are styles of decision making, but if you want to know how to make a decision...