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A Free 10-Minute Plan to Include Leadership Development in Team Meetings

Successful leaders develop leaders. High performing team members crave development. But your hair’s on fire.

What if you don’t have time to plan leadership development?

Leadership development in team meetings:

#1. Identify:

Identify the top two or three strengths of everyone on the team. Display your team’s strengths on the wall or create a slide in your meeting deck. It might look something like…


  1. Relationship building.
  2. Encouraging.
  3. Communication.


  1. Constructive feedback.
  2. Listening.
  3. Kindness.


  1. Persistence.
  2. Energizing people.
  3. Asking great questions.

#2. Schedule:

Schedule each team member to discuss one of their strengths. Mary might kick off the next team meeting with a three minute discussion on how to encourage people.

Possible topics:

  1. What makes encouraging so important to you?
  2. What is the mindset of an encourager?
  3. When did encouraging become important to you?
  4. Who helped you learn how to encourage people? What specifically did they do?
  5. What are some simple steps to becoming a leader who encourages people?

You can’t answer all the above questions in three minutes. Choose one or two.

#3. Behaviors:

Ask Mary to suggest three behaviors that express encouragement.

Allow time for questions.

#4. Commitment:

Ask each team member to choose one behavior they will intentionally practice before the next team meeting.

#5. Accountability:

Ask one or two team members to report on their experience at the next team meeting.

Final thoughts:

  1. Limit the time for leadership development in team meetings to 10 minutes.
  2. Schedule the entire team in one sitting. Get it done or you will forget it.
  3. Record the names of the people who are giving reports in your notes.
  4. Set small goals.
  5. Honor progress.
  6. Participate with everyone.
  7. Use an assessment like StrengthsFinders or VIA Character Strengths to identify strengths. (VIA has a free version.)

How could you modify or improve the above plan?

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