The Meeting Planner Leadership Imperative

Planning a meeting is an act of leadership. You'll get the best results not when you are planning a meeting, but when you are taking leadership of meeting planning. After all, when you are leading a task, you naturally exhibit more initiative, purpose, and motivation than if you are simply doing that task.
It doesn't matter if you're working with the senior leaders of an organization, the owner of the company, or the chairman of the board; in those moments that you are trying to persuade and even inspire them to back your plans, you are in point of fact, if you want to be at the top of your game, a leader.
To have this idea really sink in so it changes you in a deep, fundamental way, you must cultivate two dynamics: a vision of the purpose of your leadership and the dedication to fulfill that purpose.

The word "vision" has been used and misused ad nauseam. The trouble is that most leaders misunderstand it. When they think "vision," they look at themselves, at what they can do for themselves. To do well as a meeting planner/leader, an inward focus is the wrong place to look.

Here's a vision that you can carry with you in your job today and for the rest of your career--really, for the rest of your life. I call it the Leadership Imperative.
This vision has two parts: One is results and accomplishments and the other is self-improvement.

You are never more powerful as a meeting planner/leader as when, in getting results, you are helping others become better professionally and personally. Guided by the Leadership Imperative, you'll find that the meetings you plan, and your career path, will practically take care of themselves in terms of reaching exceptionally high standards.