ERIC Number: ED189680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Making Meetings More Effective. ACSA School Management Digest, Series 1, No. 19.
At the beginning of the successful meeting process, the meeting leader decides on a leadership style after considering his or her own nature, the needs and desires of group members, and the characteristics of the organization and situation. In planning the meeting, the leader's first guides are the goals and purposes he or she wishes to accomplish. Next, the meeting planner draws up the meeting's agenda. The meeting takes form as the participants are invited, the seating arrangements made, the meeting room arranged, and background information and agendas distributed to participants. When the meeting opens the interpersonal and discussion skills of the chairperson come to the fore. The leader skillfully guides the group through the chaos of problem-solving and decision-making. At the same time, the leader is alert for the surfacing of negative emotions and maintains the human relations in the group. When decisions are reached, the leader makes sure that responsibilities are clearly designated and deadlines set. After the meeting, the leader distributes the minutes, follows up on the decisions made, and evaluates the meeting's effectiveness. This document describes each of these processes and identifies the sources from which suggestions have been drawn. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Group Dynamics, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Styles, Meetings, Organizational Effectiveness, Participation
Association of California School Administrators, 1575 Old Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010 ($3.75 nonmembers; $2.75 members)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of California School Administrators.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.