How you participate in a meeting is carefully observed by everyone in attendance—your superiors and subordinates alike. You are either a participator or a combination of a leader and participator in a meeting. In either case, you have a specific and important role. As a leader you are in the spotlight, but even as a participant you are still being watched all the time.
In observing, conducting, and participating in thousands of meetings over the years, I have witnessed executives who have moved their careers from the slow track to the fast track with the quality of their involvement and engagement in a meeting with their superiors.
In one experience, I conducted a three-day strategic planning ...