Leadership and Meetings

February 2, 2017

Which one of the meetings below looks more like a “Leadership Meeting” in your opinion? Why?

 

 

 

 

Your answer to the above question may reflect your feelings about meetings! For example, do you love or hate meetings? Or are you neutral? I think that all of us have wondered about that at some point. Some people just cannot survive without committee meetings in the workplace, while others can barely tolerate them. What about you? As I reflect on the role of meetings in leadership, several questions come to my mind. For example: Is it possible to have true leadership without meetings? If yes, how? If not, why? Why do we have to spend hours talking about many obvious things and still call it leadership? This month I will only raise questions for your reflection and I will not discuss any answers so you can think first!
Actually, in order to further provoke your thought and reflection, I will share some of the worst definitions of meetings I have ever heard:

  • A meeting is an event where minutes are kept and hours are lost.

  • A meeting is a gathering where people speak up, say nothing, then all disagree

  • A meeting is indispensable when you don’t want to accomplish anything

  • The length of a meeting increases with the square of the number of people present

Do you agree or disagree with the above definitions? What is your opinion about the relationship between leadership and meetings?

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