Democracy is a bad leadership style (Guest commentary)The UN demonstrates why consensus building isn’t effectiveBy Mark Stevens05/22/2006|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/21/2006 There is no such thing as a consensus decision. It is an oxymoron; a thinly veiled agreement not to make a decision. It is a pact that everyone will agree to do the wrong thing knowing that this is more socially acceptable than a strong and decisive leader standing up and declaring what she believes is the right direction to take.In consensus-based companies, a strong leader acting unilaterally may be perceived as imperious, arrogant and insensitive. And to the consensus worshippers, that doesn’t seem democratic.But corporate decision-making isn’t supposed to be a town hall meeting. Great leadership comes when a strong person assesses the facts and decides what to do and how to do it. Consensus occurs when the opportunistic and individualistic drive that makes companies succeed is replaced by a politically correct culture. And I can say with absolute conviction that this culture leads to certain decline and ultimate death. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.