Consensus is more than the result of a vote, it is a group decision making process. Making decisions by consensus is what makes associations work.
To achieve consensus means a group of people listen to each other’s opinions respectfully, offer their own opinions persuasively and after considering all options arrive at a group conclusion. Following the decision, all parties (even those whose opinion was not the conclusion) should publicly support the decision.
Without consensus, an organization’s decision making process can only lead to failure.