Humans are tribal beings: We enjoy being part of a group. The safety, camaraderie and community that come along with a group are natural benefits to us. Being part of something larger makes us more fulfilled beings. Within these social structures—whether volunteer organizations, athletic teams, companies or some other group—we take on different roles. Some of us are natural leaders or organizers of people, while others are role players or rabble-rousers. Some of us accept the status quo and others rage against the machine.
In my experience, this tribal desire leads most of us to yearn for consensus. We do not want to upset the tribe, so we look to agree—to make decisions as a group and ensure that everyone is aligned and satisfied. While this desire for consensus may be good for our short-term relationships and comfort, it is detrimental to our creative outputs and the achievement of our most coveted goals.