Have you ever made a decision as a group and then discovered that one or more members were undermining that decision? What happened? Not much gets accomplished, does it? Then bad feelings set in and people start bickering with one another. This is why the consultation process extends even beyond the decision itself to the support necessary to carry it out.
Though one of the parties may be in the right and they disagree that will be the cause of a thousand wrongs, but if they agree and both parties are in the wrong, as it is in unity the truth will be revealed and the wrong made right. ~ 'Abdu'l-Bahá
In consultation, once all the views have been shared and fully investigated, the group then comes to a conclusion and decides on a course of action. Ideally the decision is unanimous, but sometimes it must come to a majority vote.
In either case, it is essential for everyone to fully support the decision, whether they agree with it or not. If there is dissension and disunity, the truth will not come to light and the path forward will not be clear.
But if the group is unified and the decision is wrong, it will quickly become apparent and a new decision can be made.
I learned this in a big way when my father died: A Decision Corrected.
Hold fast, all together, to God’s rope, and be not divided among yourselves. ~ Qur'án 3.103~5
Learn more about consultation
Consultation as a Tool for Building Community
What Does Love Have to Do with Learning Together?
Building Community From the Inside Out
Express Your View and Let It Go
Consultation is a form of collective decision making that gathers diverse viewpoints in order to chart a wise course of action. It allows a group to look at a problem from all sides and build consensus on the best solution for all involved.