Monday, October 20, 2008

Thought of the Week - 10/20/08

"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Like all great Servant Leaders, King knew the value of the art of gentle persuasion. This concept sets servant leadership apart from past leadership styles in the fact that instead of dictating to staff members the decisions that are made, buy-in is obtained by the leader setting the stage simply through open communication. By creating awareness through gentle persuasion, listening and offering empathy, the most difficult situations can be eased.

What strategies or techniques do you use to help “mold” consensus within your organization?

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