Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Seeking Consensus

A person who has a defined realm of authority faces a situation which needs a decision and selects the decision making style…

Seeking Consensus:

  • Leader extends his or her realm of authority for decision making to include specific others, committing to a corporate rather than an individual decision.
  • This group prays and interacts, listening and sharing with each other until they mutually affirm what best describes the convictions of the group, and which all can own and commit to.
  • Having reached this shared decision, the group defines who is responsible for steps of implementation, instructing and informing others.

Reasons for using this style:

  • Commitment of others is essential to carry out the decision.
  • Wisdom, creativity from an interactive process is desired.
  • Time will not dictate a premature decision.
  • It is best to have a plurality with built-in accountability.

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