It’s important to point out that I’m assuming good intentions, and a well thought-out vision on the part of the leader. Any other purpose or agenda on the part of the leader does not fit into this process. If it’s the dark side of human nature then it is wrong and pursuit of the vision is wrong.
When leaders become indecisive as a result of organizational resistance to the vision it causes loss of direction and focus for individuals and teams. They are no longer sure of the future. They do not know what to expect and when to expect it. Productivity is reduced as discussions about the lack of direction and strategy consume more and more time. When leaders establish a sound vision and strategy and then allow individuals to influence their decision it creates fear and uncertainty. If these individuals sense they are succeeding with their influence they will continue to establish their will at the expense of their team and the organization. This is the norm at every organization I have been a part of. Too many times the owner, CEO, or manager, have succumbed to employees or their staffs with unfortunate results.
Leadership requires vision, a strategy, and decisiveness. It’s a lonely occupation, but for those who are willing to make a difference it is very rewarding. “Leaders have significant role in creating the state of mind that is the society. They can serve as symbols of the moral unity of society. They can express the values that hold the society together. Most important, they can conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations, carry them above the conflicts that tear a society apart, and unite them in the pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts”–John Gardner