Foremost, meeting managers need flexible leadership skills. This is common sense considering the many different kinds of behaviors we see in our meeting participants.
Knowing which type of leadership to use in different circumstances can improve how you bring value to your team.
Here is a list of leadership roles to put into your tool kit. And these are simultaneously roles you play as the leader and are behaviors you inspire in meeting participants.
COLLABORATOR: empathetic, positive, team-focused, team-builder, talent-spotter, coach
ENERGIZER: charismatic, inspiring, connects emotionally, big-picture thinker, provides purpose
PILOT: strategic, project manager, visionary, good at managing complexity, open to input
PROVIDER: action-oriented, confident in the chosen path or methodology, loyal to colleagues, driven to support others
HARMONIZER: mediator, patient, community builder, active listener, reliable, quality-driven, execution-focused, creates positive and stable environments, inspires loyalty
FORECASTER: learning-oriented, knowledgeable, visionary, cautious in decision making, good with data and subject matter experts
PRODUCER: task-focused, results-oriented, product-focused, linear thinker, loyal to the mission, good delegator
CREATOR: creative, problem solver, self-reliant, lateral thinker, can blend creativity with logic and action, boundary challenger
How you, as a meeting manager, respond to shifting leadership needs is as much an art as it is a science. Being able to quickly figure out what is the most important skill to use at the moment is the first step to being an adaptive meeting leader who can help teams succeed.
What are adaptive leadership skills that help you succeed? Leave your success tips in the comments.
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