But numerous details also need specific attention. You’re aware that many of them pertain to certain individuals, and the only effective way to manage these is a one-on-one meeting. This is an aspect of leadership that makes administrators uneasy, if not fearful. Does this resonate with you?
Many leaders dread or avoid face-to-face, private meetings because they are viewed as uncontrollable, unpredictable, or risky. They seem to require an almost perfect use of soft skills and techniques, and swing with as much variation as the personalities with whom you’re meeting.
These ideas stem from a lack of training in the leadership skills needed to conduct beneficial one-on-one discussions. Great leaders know that it pays to learn these skills because one-on-one meetings are necessary. If you struggle with these kinds of personal encounters your role will eventually be significantly compromised. This is detrimental to everyone.
Fortunately there are strategies and methods available to help you overcome these concerns and excel at one-on-one meetings. When you do, both you and your people benefit greatly and you’ll find these types of meetings to be the most powerful and satisfying tool in your arsenal.
This article offers tips in conquering the fear of one-on-one meetings and suggests techniques leaders can use to improve the experience for both parties.
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- One-on-one meeting purpose
- Framing a policy
- Planning the meeting
- The right technique
- The difficult conversation
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