To facilitate literally means "to make easy".
A professional facilitator can be brought in to generate agreement
in situations where this may be more difficult or elusive
if managed internally.
Montreux Global Facilitators are skilled in working with
groups of executives and managers with different or potentially
conflicting ideas, to reach decisions that all are ready to act on.
While a skilled practitioner can make this look easy,
the expertise required actually comes from highly evolved
leadership capabilities that can also serve as a cultural model.
The skills involved include:
creating and obtaining buy-in to a vision or goal
ensuring that everyone participates actively
exposing connections between apparently contradictory ideas
generating new thinking and discussion through creative questions
creating a sense and feeling of commonality
generating energy for collective action
Skilled facilitation therefore models
important aspects of effective leadership.