Building Consensus - by Ravi Patel

 

"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus" - MLK Jr.

 

Every new idea, whether small or grandiose, has to be sold to people for its acceptance. A true leader goes about it the right way.

 

A consensus is defined as a majority of opinion or general agreement. In many organizations, getting consensus becomes a "political" process wherein the idea promoter seeks out or searches for people who agree with him/her, largely based on personal appeal of the person rather than the idea. This is not true leadership in getting consensus on an idea.

 

Rather, a genuine leader stresses the virtue of an idea and actively persuades people on its benefits thereby molding or building consensus. The acceptance of the idea then becomes internal to the believer rather than being forced upon him/her through brow-beating or intimidation. If the leader is successful in building, rather than seeking, consensus the implementation of the idea is more effective and lasts for the long term. The benefits of seeking quick consensus are often short-lived.

 

True Entrepreneurial leadership should strive for molding consensus to generate wide acceptance of new ideas in their companies.

 

 

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