Leadership Essentials: Managing Meetings
Meetings can vary in their format, structure and tone, depending on the subject of the meeting and the culture of the organisation. Each type of meeting has a different goal, and the purpose of the meeting will affect who speaks, how much they speak, and the general tone of the meeting. Formal meetings are pre-planned and follow a set agenda overseen by a Chairperson, with a record taken in the form of minutes of the meeting. An informal meeting generally does not have these characteristics, although there may be a Chair and some informal notes may be taken.
‘Leadership Essentials: Managing Meetings’ provides an overview of why running meetings is essential for leadership capability and includes ‘Top Tips’ on how running meetings effectively can help you become a better leader.
The Essentials leaflet is supported by three Spotlights that look at running meetings in more detail to help you improve your leadership skills:
- Types of Meeting
- Managing Disruptive Meetings
Spotlight on Planning for Meetings
"Failing to plan is planning to fail"
Attributed to Benjamin Franklin, One of The Founding Fathers of The United States
Spotlight on Managing Disruptive Meetings
"Changing behaviour is always an uphill struggle because, quite understandably, people prefer the convenience of sticking to the behaviour patterns they have come to know and love rather then the inconvenience and upheaval of switching to behaviours that are new and unfamiliar."
Peter Honey - Occupational Psychologist and Management Trainer
Spotlight on Types of Meetings
"Meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer meetings the better"
Peter F. Drucker