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How to Be an Effective Group Leader by Bill D. Schul

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12 – Formal meetings

The formal business meeting plays an important role in our social structure and way of life. It is generally carried out according to parliamentary procedures. As so many organizations follow this design, you are more likely to be asked to lead a meeting of this kind than of any other kind previously described. It differs from informal gatherings as it is conducted along the lines of parliamentary procedure. Nevertheless, most rules and approaches for effective leadership are applicable regardless of the structure of the group.

In presiding over the more or less formal gatherings, you will discover that years of tradition have established a clearly defined order of business. It is necessary to fully understand these orders ...

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