Consensus Leadership Advantage

A long-term study by Lawrence A. Pfaff found that women were rated as significantly better leaders then men overall.
http://home.att.net/~selectpro/gender.ht m

Pfaff found that men's leadership tended to be more autocratic. This indicates if men become less autocratic and more consensus-oriented they will be better leaders.

Politically, this suggests we should vote for more women leaders so we can have better government. I have no doubt men in general can learn to lead as well as women in general, but I believe that will take a lot of time because men learn leadership beginning in childhood, so even if there was a great effort to change they way boys are raised it would probably take a generation before men can become as good at leadership as women are. However, there are some men who have learned to lead by consensus and they are be role models for boys and men to teach them to avoid partisan fighting and become bi-partisan leaders.

Gov. Sarah Palin provides a great example of consensus leadership. Biographer Kalene Johnson said of Palin:

"while she held strong convictions that aligned with the Republican platform, her first concern was for the community she hoped to serve. ...Sarah had a vision for the small town. She imagined Wasilla becoming a major economic player in the state, a place where new development could create opportunity and prosperity (Sarah, page 45).

Donald Moore, the borough manager of Alaska's Mat-Su Valley observed: "Sarah's governance is consensus oriented. ...She makes sure everyone has a chance to have a say; nobody gets left out. But there comes a point when the debate is over and a decision has to be made. She's also the type of manager who, once she reaches her cadence, expects everyone to keep up" (page 65).

Palin says when negotiating a solution with someone who has a different opinion she starts "by not discrediting or invalidating because of a position that maybe they take that you are in disagreement with. You learn from them and you do, you're able to find middle ground on so many of these issues...There is always a way to work with another person...let's find a way to work together and solve the problem, that's what we've done in our family and in my businesses, and also in governance" (Gretawire, FOX News, October 31, 2008).

Regarding consensus governance Palin said on FOX News:

"That's were my experience as an executive gets plugged in as mayor of course you're working in a non-partisan, bipartisan manner all the time. You're filling pot holes and you're making sure your police department is fully funded, you're taking care of the people whom you are serving, never letting obsessive partisanship...on that level get in the way of just doing what's right. And then on the state level too as governor being able to reach out across party lines...me appointing Democrats and Independents and Republicans in my administration, got the track record to prove that that's they way I operate is getting along with those who perhaps...don't agree on ever single issue, but ...that's what you've got to do especially in this time of great challenge for America.

*Please note: Many of my reply posts have been hidden. All my replies were polite and on topic so I presume I was censored because people wanted to hide information they didn’t want readers to know about. When I wrote my Sep 27, 2008 diary about ten of my replies were hidden which ended the conversation I was having with people so I decided I will no longer reply to comments on my diaries until this web site is changed to allow people’s posts to be viewed by everyone.

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Re: Consensus Leadership Advantage

Gov. Sarah Palin provides a great example of consensus leadership.

Unless you're going through a divorce with her sister, or one of your employees is.

You're killing me here...

by username 2008-11-03 05:30PM | 0 recs
OKAY PAY ATTENTION TO ME INSTEAD:

I've got a question:

What ever happened to breakdancing?  You know, spinning, popping, body-locking?  Anybody do that?

by Jess81 2008-11-03 05:35PM | 0 recs
Re: OKAY PAY ATTENTION TO ME INSTEAD:

I moonwalked once.  Once.

by fogiv 2008-11-03 06:27PM | 0 recs
Re: OKAY PAY ATTENTION TO ME INSTEAD:

Not personally, but a slight variant seems to be popular.

by username 2008-11-03 06:31PM | 0 recs
Too funny, Nancy

"However, there are some men who have learned to lead by consensus and they are be role models"

And you're actively campaigning against one of them.

* Please note: I will not be responding if you decide to respond to my response.

by thatpurplestuff 2008-11-03 05:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Too funny, Nancy

The topic is breakdancing.  Stay on target.

by Jess81 2008-11-03 05:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Consensus Leadership Advantage

Nancy, you have a level of gullibility that is just astounding.

Now on to break dancing -


by jsfox 2008-11-03 05:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Consensus Leadership Advantage

Holy crap.  I've seen one-handed push-ups, but never zero-feet ones.

by username 2008-11-03 06:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Consensus Leadership Advantage

Is this the last one of these piles from Nancy?

And sorry - while I have all the agreement in the world with the basic idea of rooting out, confronting, and eliminating sexism - I will not follow a piss poor pied piper like Sarah Palin anywhere.

Time to go Nancy, we've had enough of this crap.

by zonk 2008-11-03 06:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Consensus Leadership Advantage

It's gone underground. When I visit NYC, I see amazing dance shows in the subways - particularly in the larger labyrinth that is the maze under Grand Central Terminal. I'm not sure what the young people call it, but it looks like 'break-dancing' to me. Awesome.

by QTG 2008-11-03 06:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Consensus Leadership Advantage

I think you're thinking of the 42nd Street station, not Grand Central.  Anyway, the only people I usually see down there are the DVD bootleggers and the "stress test" people (i.e., Scientologists).  Occasionally there is a pan flute guy playing to a recording of "My Heart Will Go On."

by rfahey22 2008-11-03 06:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Consensus Leadership Advantage

 You are no doubt correct on the geography of the 'series of tubes' under Gotham. You'll have to forgive me, as I'm just a rube - you see, they all look alike to me.

by QTG 2008-11-03 06:45PM | 0 recs
Hey, Nacy, I got one for ya!

Why not write something about Senator Feinstein, Governor Napolitano, Governor Sebelius, Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz, or Senator Clinton?

You know, Democrats....

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-11-03 08:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Hey, Nacy, I got one for ya!

I wanted to be able to windmill SO BAD when I was a girl.

by Jess81 2008-11-03 09:02PM | 0 recs

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