Tuesday leadership tactic: Let somebody else run the meeting

Tuesday leadership tactic: Let somebody else run the meeting.

There must be a rule etched on a stone tablet that leaders need to run the meetings. Happens all the time. Why?

One of the primary duties of a leader is to create an environment where leader seedlings can root. Creating that environment happens when responsibilities and ownership are delegated. 

One way to delegate is by letting others run the meeting. This especially works well if you have a standing staff meeting or equivalent, but can work with any meeting. 

Whoever you are delegating to, ensure they understand what you are looking to get out of the meeting. Then let her or him run the meeting completely. If you have a question as things go, simply ask.

Right after the meeting, offer up some feedback. What went well, thoughts for next time. And, make sure to get their feedback as well. We learn in moments of reflection. 

Letting others run the meeting means you are freed up from that responsibility and invites others to work on their skills. It’s a win win. Why not try it?

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on February 11, 2020

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