Monthly Archives: March 2018

Dealing with Leadership Consensus Dependency

You don’t have to look far to see the signs of leaders who aren’t comfortable dealing with disputes. Unfortunately, this only reinforces consensus dependency. Learning to accept and work within conflict is key. Leaders who resist conflict must understand its necessity: the best ideas and solutions often hatch from disagreements. If leaders can learn that […]
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Consensus Leadership: Mind the Gaps

I’ve been discussing consensus leadership and the many drawbacks it presents. When I discuss this with my coaching clients, those who overvalue consensus and unity identify conflict as their primary source of managerial tension. Disharmony causes them anguish, so the prospect of confrontation troubles them. They work overtime to establish and maintain a peaceful environment, […]
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Can You Detect a Consensus Leadership Mindset?

Can you detect a consensus leadership mindset? Your employees can. Working for a consensus-minded leader certainly has its advantages, but I’ve seen many problems arise when leaders succumb to consensus driven leadership. Leaders who are too democracy oriented consistently struggle to make decisions, especially on issues where the team’s view is split. Their tentativeness often […]
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The Pros and Cons of Consensus Leadership

When I hear people complain that their leaders are bordering on solicitous behaviors, being too concerned about including everyone in every decision, it makes me wonder: are they experiencing the cons of consensus leadership? Working for someone who favors consensus-style leadership may seem fairly innocuous and even desirable, but those who do are quick to […]
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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Consensus Leadership

Do you favor consensus leadership? If you’re anything like the employees I talk to, you do. Most people will say they prefer consensus-run organizations, where a leader uses inclusion and feedback to manage democratically. Who wouldn’t? Especially if you think of the alternative tyrant or dictator who issues stern orders. A consensus-style leader is a refreshing alternative! […]
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Leadership Stress and Your Emotional Health

Everyone pays attention to the issues of emotional health when the stress gets so bad it starts to eat people up. It’s often only after the fact, when emotions interfere with their performance or someone becomes burned out. Every leadership position faces stress. It comes with the territory. Not all of it is bad. Business people […]
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Your Emotional Health Indicators

Anyone can allow emotions to override discernment or rational thinking. But if this becomes modus operandi, it’s time to check your emotional health indicators, before unfortunate things happen. I wrote about this in my last post. This is one of the most challenging areas for leaders, as it requires an accurate self-awareness that often calls for honest […]
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