Consensual leadership is about encouraging acceptance and agreement before actions are taken and this approach has never been more relevant. John Pearce explains
Consensual leadership is an idea I’ve been mulling over for months. It started with my own and others’ frustration with the torrent of depressing headlines in the last year, and wondering how we can change things.
Fake news, sexual abuse, Grenfell Tower, child safety, the gender pay gap, social media corruption, Windrush – a common theme in all of these seems to be abuse of power.
Dictatorial, non-consensual leaders tend to act first and think second, if they think at all. When things go wrong, as they often do, they talk of “unintended consequences” to excuse their lack of thought – probably because they didn’t seek the help or advice of others. If they did consult, it is likely that others were too frightened to disagree.