Category Archives: collaboration

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.
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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.
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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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Habitual Skepticism:
Eliminate the “Not-Invented-Here” Syndrome

Leaders with habitual skepticism are not hard to spot: they suffer with the “not-invented-here” syndrome, habitually skeptical of the ideas of others. I’ve been writing about the types, causes, and ways to defeat skepticism. What I’ve found in my coaching practice is that the best leaders know that they don’t have all the answers—no one does—and […]
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Defeat Leadership Skepticism:
Shake Personal Bias

Can we really defeat unhealthy leadership skepticism? As I shared in my last post, skepticism is a logical and rational challenge of ideas to get to the reality or truth about a specific issue. But the typical impression we have of skepticism pertains to a close-minded, doubtful, and hard-to-convince mentality. This often stems from a fear […]
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Defeating Leadership Skepticism

Should we be defeating leadership skepticism? Skepticism takes on several forms; some are advantageous, and some are detrimental. In its truest sense, skepticism is a logical and rational challenge of ideas to get to the reality or truth about a specific issue. Leaders with such a constructive, critical eye possess a positive strength, especially in a fast-paced […]
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The Risks of Working for a
Leader with Big Ego

If you’ve ever worked for someone with a big ego, then you know how frustrating it can be. Nothing can be more debilitating in an organization. Leaders with out-of-control egos are responsible for huge losses in productivity and profits. “Ego is the invisible line item on every company’s profit and loss statement.”—David Marcum and Steven […]
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Is Your Boss a People-Pleaser?

Anyone who’s ever worked for a boss who was a people pleaser knows how challenging that can be. Understanding what goes on inside people-pleasers’ heads can help us work with them. According to Dr. Beatrice Chestnut, author of The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st Century Workplace (Post Hill […]
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