From Roger Schwarz: Have you ever been in a meeting when you thought you were going to be part of making the decision, only to find out that the decision-maker only wanted your input? It’s not a great feeling. Now, think about how you handle decisions when you’re the formal leader.
As a formal leader, you make decisions every day. Some decisions you make on your own, some you make after talking with others, and some you make as a team. Putting aside how you decide which decision rule to use – consensus, vote, consultation – there are some steps you can take to ensure that your team members will understand the decision rule and any decisions you make.