CHAPTER 3

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THE HISTORY AND PITFALLS OF CONSENSUS LEADERSHIP

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

—MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

There is an old story in management consulting about an entrepreneur who starts a business and over many decades builds it up from a one-man show to a thriving corporation that provides employment to thousands and goods and services to millions of customers. Along the way the man marries, has a family, and sends his children off to college and business school, because that’s what good fathers do. As part of his legacy, he brings his children and their well-educated friends into his business, ...

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