MEETINGS……Without knowing who the people are, I can usually tell who the highest ranking is! How you say? Simply by observing the one doing all or most of the talking!! This is once again, “leadership waste” of the highest form. An extraordinary leader or even a good leader, must be an excellent facilitator of his or her meetings. They must first insure healthy discussion, where people are not talking over each other. Then they must draw out from all participants, their thoughts, their reasons and their recommendations. But most of all the leader must be an outstanding listener. If they do all the talking, the team will shut down and just answer questions when they have to. Not much will get accomplished. In fact, if the drill was to just do what the leader wanted in the first place, there probably was no need for a meeting or a discussion.
When a leader facilitates and listens, the best decision will become clear and easy to see, as his team will have debated the issue, developed strategies and made recommendations. All the leader has to do is let his team tell him or her the best path going forward.
So to all you leaders out there, if you don’t want all your people looking at their shoes while you do all the talking… let them do all the talking and you do all or most of the listening!! Try it and you will see what it means to set the team free!!