Great leaders don’t seek consensus, they seek a healthy team. Many people believe that to accomplish great things that you need to seek consensus, but I would say that is the wrong approach. When you see someone doing something that has never been done before, they don’t start with everyone agreeing with them. In fact, they usually start with a lot of people that say it can’t be done. This is not a consensus. If you want to achieve more than is believed possible then start with a healthy team.
So what is a healthy team? One of the best books I have read on this was by Patrick Lencioni called “The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else”. It starts with the leaders and the relationship they have with each other. If you have a group of people that are authentic, empathetic, and truly care about one another, you will find that they will accomplish far more than a group that has the smartest individuals that can’t even get along. If you doubt this, just look at our current political system.
It always starts with the people. People accomplish great things. If you are looking to build a healthy team or you want to make the team you are on healthy, I highly recommend you take a look at this book. It is a quick read and lays out the steps for you. Teddy Roosevelt said “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”. When I have been a part of groups that genuinely cared about each other the things we have accomplished have been nothing short of amazing.