To call the shots = to make the decisions
No, it’s not about shooting a gun, or calling it for that matter. If you call the shots, you are
the boss. You make the decisions.
A manager or leader calls the shots. They make the decisions and tell people what to do.
Read the dialogue and take the quiz below to test your understanding.
Mark: Why are you doing that?
Craig: Tom told me to do it.
Mark: Do you always do what Tom says?
Craig: Of course. He’s the boss. He calls the shots.