Consensus Is Not Commitment

Getting consensus is good — but commitment is essential.  I have seen leaders who spend all their time getting their team to reach consensus, but fail over and over again to get the commitment necessary to really move ahead.  They fool themselves into believing that having consensus is the same as having commitment.  Nothing is further from the truth.

My recommendation:  Go ahead and build consensus, but understand that you’ll have to do more than that to achieve commitment.  Learn the leadership steps that hone in on commitment–real commitment.

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