CHAPTER 3

images

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, ...

Get The Power of Mandate: How Visionary Leaders Keep Their Organization Focused on What Matters Most now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.