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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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Idea 54: The goal of consensus

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to give them the real facts.

US President Abraham Lincoln

Leadership is not solely about getting the intellectual quality of a decision right, important though this may be. It is about getting results through people. Therefore, the leader will need to include other people in the process of decision making. For a decision will be effective only if it is fully implemented. People are more likely to put their hearts into a decision if they have shared either explicitly or implicitly in the making of it.

People can participate in the early stages of the process, leaving the leader to take ...

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