Developing consensus can be a difficult task. Many leaders are happy to simply gain a majority of votes on high-priority projects and initiatives. However, if Mr. King is correct, building consensus is much more valuable. Webster’s take on the term consensus may provide more insight into why building consensus is so valuable:
1. A) general agreement : unanimity, B) the judgment arrived at by most of those concerned
2. group solidarity in sentiment and belief
Reaching a consensus is not found in the journey; it is the goal of teams, organizations, departments, etc. Leaders that mold consensus do so a little at a time, day by day, here a little and there a little. Consensus-building takes teamwork, coaching, mentoring, strategic thinking, leadership skills, management skills, trust, emotional intelligence, courageous conversations, and a whole host of other skills in order to do effectively.
CMOE presents workshops on all of these topics, and more. Each workshop can be taken off the shelf or can be customized to the needs of any organization anywhere in the world. Our clients love what we do for them, and we would appreciate the opportunity to see what we can do to help improve your organization.