This Element is an excerpt from Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer: Managing for Conflict and Consensus (9780131454392) by Michael A. Roberto. Available in print and digital formats.
Why “take-charge” leadership requires surprising restraint: how to lead when you don’t, won’t, and can’t know everything.
Everywhere we turn, we hear people talking about the need for more leaders and more effective leadership. Our institutions need leaders who can motivate people, manage change, and align disparate groups behind a common goal. Now more than ever, leaders must gather and assimilate divergent perspectives, choose based on incomplete information, test assumptions carefully, reach closure quickly, and build strong buy-in….