I encourage leaders to speak individually with the people they want to lead. One-on-one. The best way to build consensus is one person at a time.
It takes time
I don’t like to surprise people in a group setting. I try to build consensus prior to publicly introducing an idea.
It takes effort
I want to know in advance who supports my idea.
I want to know who doesn’t support my idea. And why.
It takes diplomacy
I won’t typically introduce big, new ideas in a group setting. I prefer to plant seeds of new ideas individually.
It takes patience
Do you have the patience and are you willing to make the effort to build consensus one person at a time?
BTW, this idea was conceived while working with all-volunteer groups – but it works in business too.