Performance review phrases – Decision making

Decision making is probably the most important skill for anyone because it relates very closely to one’s ability to take responsibility for their life. As the job of a leader is to make decisions as guidelines for his/her subordinates, decision-making ability is of crucial importance to a leader. Moreover, it is not only essential to the performance at work but also in social activities and daily life. People with good decision-making skills are confident in their approach to make sound decisions.


  1. Donald is able to make sound fact-based judgments.
  2. Helen is able to work out multiple alternative solutions and apply the most suitable one.
  3. Jennifer is objective in considering a fact or situation.
  4. Sarah is firm to not let the individual emotion and feeling affect on the made decision.
  5. Sam is decisive in hard case scenario and times.
  6. Barak is supportive and encourages others to work well with him/her.
  7. Jane is good at making true and fair judgments based on facts and evidences.
  8. Samuel is decisive to select out the most suitable solution among many others.
  9. Emma is assertive and keeps personal emotion and feelings out of the head.
  10. Tom considers the situation or problem objectively.
  11. Katherine is encouraging and supportive at work.

Exceeds Requirements/More than Satisfactory:

  1. Jennifer is able to make a decision when other employees are too afraid to commit to a course of action.
  2. Yvonne makes bold decisions based purely on logic.
  3. Every solution proposed by Rachel is a result of a detailed analysis.
  4. Robert incites his subordinates to participate in decision-making.
  5. Jeremy is aware of the possible implications of unexpected problems and uses sound judgment to fix them.
  6. Peter is not afraid to make tough decisions.
  7. Frank weighs all the options with great attention to details.
  8. Laura is able to find the perfect solution even in force majeure situation.
  9. Quentin can be counted on when the team is facing difficult problems.
  10. Susan carefully collects data before making decisions.
  11. Nathan considers numerous alternatives for every problem.
  12. Aaron consults with others when choosing a course of action.
  13. Jack is an honest employee who makes decisions based on facts, not personalities.
  14. Monica communicates decisions directly and intelligibly.
  15. Oliver meticulously analyzes issues and works out workable solutions.
  16. Richard is able to come up with numerous alternative solutions and select the most suitable one.

Meets Expectations/Satisfactory:

  1. Jennifer is good at defining problems but her solutions are not always helpful.
  2. Arnold always makes decisions according to the company’s goals.
  3. Nathan never rushes to conclusion. He collect all the facts and analyzes them.
  4. Emma never lets her emotions to step in the decision-making process.
  5. George takes personal responsibility for any outcome of his decisions.
  6. Maria is able to find a satisfactory solution on a timely manner.
  7. Oliver copes with stress well. He does not let anxiety to interfere with decision-making.
  8. Most of Abigail’s decisions are a result of a detailed analysis.
  9. John takes the company’s resources into account when making decisions.
  10. Bruce looks at problems systematically to find the most appropriate solutions.

Provisional/Needs Improvement:

  1. Sophia is hesitant in making decision and too much cautious in making the final decision which often results in wrong decision;
  2. Anthony applies complex and impractical approaches in solving problems;
  3. Jacob fails to make a short-list of solutions recommended by direct units;
  4. Isabella is paralyzed and confused when facing tight deadlines to make decisions;
  5. Elisabeth makes too much complaint on the content of the job;
  6. Andrew tends to apply a single and rush decision-making approach;
  7. Amelia avoids conflicts at work in relation to decision making process.
  8. Lillian fails to make up his/her mind about a certain problem;
  9. Lucas applies complex and unconventional methods in approaching a problem instead of simple and formal methods;
  10. Hannah struggles hard under critical circumstances;
  11. Charlotte keeps complaining about a problem instead of seeking solution to resolve it;
  12. Christian has to struggle hard but cannot meet tight deadlines;
  13. Joseph often recourses to hasty method;
  14. Dylan fails to work out a common decision for the whole group discussion;
  15. Evelyn is confused in dealing with too many issues in group work and cannot make the final decision.


  1. Francesca delays decision-making, which leads to serious production problems.
  2. Evan does not have enough experience to be responsible for decision-making.
  3. Gwen frequently makes irrational and spontaneous decisions.
  4. Abigail fails to listen to all sides of an argument when making decisions.
  5. Arnold refuses from tasks that cannot be accomplished with simple solutions.
  6. George shifts responsibilities for tough decisions to other employees.
  7. Wendy prefers to use emotions instead of facts, which helps her to pick the best solution.
  8. Bruce is too afraid to make a mistake. It makes him a very poor decision maker.
  9. Jake collects too much unnecessary data to sort out simple problems.
  10. Janet chooses conventional options instead of coming up with new ideas.
  11. Robert always agrees with others and does not offer his own solutions.
  12. Harry does not like to address such problems that cannot be resolved with quick solutions.
  13. Sometimes David forgets to think through all the options when picking the solution.


The sample of performance review phrases for decision making is a great/helpful tool for periodical/annual job performance appraisal. Note that, decision making review phrase can be positive or negative and your performance review can be effective or bad/poor activities for your staffs.

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