Tag Archives: decision-making

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 2018:
Allegiance to Purpose

I’ve been writing about leadership values and business ethics in recent posts. It’s clear to me that successful leadership in 2018 will require better business principles and allegiance to purpose. Let’s look at business ethics and principles from a different angle. In my opinion, it’s hard to come up with really good innovative ideas and products when people are driven […]
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Better Business Principles for 2018

We’re quickly approaching another new year; where will you prioritize your energies to shape your business in 2018? How will you apply your business principles? If you’re like most leaders, you take a bit of time to review, reflect and renew during this holiday season. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend Gary Hamel’s book, What Matters Now: […]
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Leading Wisely with Your Values

Are you leading wisely with your values? Successful leaders who follow their values are seen as authentic, and are appreciated because they’re genuine and trustworthy. I know, because I see it in the executives and leaders I work with. They set a vision based on value-oriented choices and hone in on a path for the […]
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How Values Impact Your Leadership Success

The problem with reminding people about core values, and how they impact your leadership success, is that it often comes across as preaching or judgmental. But given the trend in headlines, the question remains: How could so many smart people get it wrong?
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Your Values Determine How You Lead

Leadership starts in the mind and with your most worthy intentions and core values. Your values—your personal principles— direct your thoughts, priorities, preferences, and actions. The aspects of life that you value shape your character, which determines how you do everything. Your values determine how you lead. Unfortunately, many leaders haven’t identified their values and often […]
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