It was an important meeting with the leadership team. The issue was crucial and complicated. For the first half of the meeting, there was silence….from the leader. He did not say a word, but instead, listened. Then he asked a series of questions and follow up questions.
One of the myths that plague leaders today is the idea that leadership means talking. Leading a meeting does not mean dominating or controlling the meeting. Leaders who are slow to speak are those who make the strongest decisions. A wise executive once told me, "I guard my words very carefully and try to speak with intention and purpose."
Allowing others to speak up is a sign of a self-confident and mature leader. Having to always give commands and direction is a sign of a weak leader or weak team. When there is room for discussion and debate, relationships grow both personally and professionally.
Choose to allow others to speak up and you will make a difference!