The American economist and social theorist Thomas Sowell is attributed with saying, “People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.” Not liking meetings is understandable, but since some meetings are unavoidable, what how do great leaders make meetings effective? According to Smartdraw.com, great leaders go beyond the agenda and employ diagrams or mind maps to document discussion points, decisions, and action items.

They also ensure that their meetings are safe places to disagree. “If you demonstrate to others, through consistent actions, that you will value and respect different opinions, you will build trust and encourage meaningful dialogue. You never know from where, or from whom, the next great idea will come!” Read more at Smartdraw.com.