Let Their Lights Shine: Six Ways to Make Sure Everyone Has a Say (and Isn't Just Letting the Leader "Win")
1. Have the team write down their thoughts first before sharing them aloud. This gives each member a moment to consider how best to phrase their points in order to ensure that others receive the message as intended. It will also help to keep comments tight and on point versus sharing rambling thoughts off the top of their heads, or being ill-prepared to disclose any topics that they feel are worthwhile.
2. Have a small-group discussion first, followed by a large-group debrief. There is safety in numbers. If something difficult needs to be said, the spokesperson can defer to the group's thinking without taking personal responsibility. Together, they can also figure out the best way to raise a delicate issue before bringing it to the entire team's attention.
3. Have the team leader leave the room for part of the discussion. While Douglas says she doesn't normally advocate