On Calling For Counsel

Whenever any important business has to be done in the monastery, let the Abbot call together the whole community and state the matter to be acted upon. Then, having heard the brethren’s advice, let him turn the matter over in his own mind and do what he shall judge to be most expedient. The reason we have said that all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best.

— St. Benedict

An interesting advice considering the almost absolute authority of the Abbot in the community. There is a lot to learn from it, no matter what kind of position one happens to be.