Overview
It takes a skill to be an effective leader. These skills are learned over time through attention to detail and practice. An effective meeting allows for essential topic discussion to keep all team members on the same page with one another. A leader should be able to guide a meeting and promote collaboration among everyone involved in the meeting. These are a few things that leaders should keep in mind when they want to increase the productivity of their meetings.

Arrive Prepared
A leader should prepare for the meeting long before it happens. This will provide them with a guide to keep them on track with the things that they would like to address. Preparing for a meeting comes in the form of developing an agenda for the meeting. After devising the agenda, the leader should then distribute the agenda among the members who will be involved in the meeting. Providing the agenda in advance will allow team members to prepare any items they will need to bring. It also gives them enough time to think of any additional items they would like to address during the meeting.

Keep it Interesting
No one likes to be bored during meetings. Becoming bored during a meeting causes people to lose focus and miss critical information being discussed during the meeting. An effective leader should take various actions to make their meetings more engaging. The inclusion of activities such as ice-breakers, trivia, video clips, and guest speakers can increase engagement. The organization of a pleasant meeting doesn’t have to be carried out by the meeting’s leader alone. Promoting collaboration can allow team members to increase the excitement that a meeting has.

Promote Collaboration
Collaboration is a potent tool for teams. Through collaboration, new ideas can be developed and tweaked by other team members. Collaboration also allows for teams to learn each others’ thoughts and can help everybody on the team understand each other better.

Receive Feedback
A leader should always be open to feedback and criticism. A team can provide the meeting leader with valuable feedback that will help improve their meetings. Additionally, feedback will allow team members to feel like their voices are being heard.