Chairing a meeting well is an under-rated skill.
Good chairs manage to allow everyone a voice without letting them ramble; they know when discussion should continue and when it should stop and they know what should be part of the meeting and what can be dealt with at another time.
They understand their responsibilities, keep to the topic and to time.
They are attentive, good listeners and when it’s necessary are assertive without being domineering.
They have the skills to get consensus when it’s possible and understand that sometimes it’s not.
Today I’m grateful for good chairs.
(Whoops – late home last night so this is yesterday’s post, today).