The job of an entrepreneur, manager or CEO is to say, ‘We’re taking this fork in the road, for better or worse, and it’s on my head,’” says Michael Feuer, co-founder and former CEO of OfficeMax and author of the new book “The Benevolent Dictator: Empower Your Employees, Build Your Business, and Outwit the Competition.” “He or she is the one person who makes the important decisions when it counts.”
Feuer writes that sometimes it’s best to put consensus aside and “just do it.” He presents a leadership style—being a benevolent dictator—that combines an appreciation for consensus and the input of the team with the ability to recognize when debate, conversation and analysis can’t take you any further.
“When you’re an entrepreneur and a leader, make-or-break decisions are made on a daily basis,” says Feuer. “There’s just no way around it. When you lead as a benevolent dictator, you can move faster than the competition and save time, money and energy to capitalize on opportunities.”
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