“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
As someone who coaches leaders and teams, I find that, for many, consensus is a misunderstood concept. Most people believe consensus is achieved when everyone on the team is satisfied with the outcome or decision. Actually, that isn’t the case. Consensus does not mean, “I am happy and filled with delight.” It does not even mean, “I agree.” What it does mean is, “I have been heard and I will publicly support this decision.”
In other words, each team member can report that they have been heard and have acknowledged that, as a collective, a general agreement has been reached. The good news is that it’s easier to accomplish general agreement than everyone being happy with the ultimate decision.