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A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” Discuss the statement with focus on the importance of leadership in administration.

Topic:  Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.

7. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” Discuss the statement with focus on the importance of leadership in administration.(250 words)

Why this question:

The question is based on a quote by Martin Luther King and is based on the premise of significance of leadership as a key skill in administration.

Key demand of the question:

Explain the importance of consensus and the role of a leader in moulding the same amongst people..

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain what ‘consensus’ means, why is it important?

Body:

Consensus, by definition, means “agreement.” In a corporate setting, this translates to an alignment of purpose.

Setting common goals and working toward them brings a company into alignment. This has to be done on a global level as well as on a department-level or on a project-by-project basis.

Measuring on common goals gives clear indicators when things are falling out of alignment. Good leaders know how to set good goals and how to manage them so that their companies stay on-track.

Also explain the fact that those who disagree and who are not part of the “consensus” play a valuable role, too. Consensus cannot be forced, and this is where the role of leaders comes into place.

Illustrate the quote with any relevant example to justify better.

Conclusion:

Conclude that Good leaders can mold consensus, through negotiation and demonstration and through resisting anything contrary to the shared end-goal.