As a leader, a primary responsibility is to gain your team’s commitment and support to the organization’s vision and goals. Getting total agreement from each team member on how to reach those goals is not always possible. But if a team is to work together,
there must be some consensus on how to proceed. The first step is to get team members to put aside their personal preferences and agree to the specific goals they want to achieve, as well as agree on the methods to achieve them.
You, as the leader, are responsible for bringing about such a consensus. The tool for accomplishing this purpose is the power of persuasion. Accepting the role of leader ethically binds you to use authority, influence, and logic in leading others to
act in the best interests of the organization. Persuasion is clearly the preferred choice of the effective leader.
The ability to persuade works best when you sincerely care about your team members. True concern ensures that your persuasive powers are directed toward mutual benefits for both individual employees and the organization.