10 Characteristics of Empowering Meetings

10 Characteristics of Empowering Meetings

10 Characteristics of Empowering Meetings

from the newly released book The Culture of Empowerment

by Steve Backlund 

Teammates are encouraged and empowered when they get to participate in meetings that are life-giving, strategic, and encouraging. The benefits of being part of a team that consistently has empowering meetings are limitless. 

In our previous blog, w discussed the 13 Characteristics of Non-Empowering Meetings. (PUT LINK HERE)

 This week, we want to highlight the positive characteristics of empowering meetings. 


1. Proactive planning and communication takes place. 

2. Time is regularly set aside to celebrate testimonies of team members’  successes and wins.

3. Attendees are given opportunities to influence the quality of meetings by participating in various aspects of the meeting (e.g. opening or closing the meeting, sharing testimonies, facilitating a discussion, or leading a team building exercise, etc.).

4. Laughter is a norm in team meetings.

5. Leaders draw out thoughts and ideas from quiet team members. 

6. Attendees understand how the meeting fits into the bigger purposes of the relationship or organization.

7. Leaders express gratitude for the team members and have a great ability to make people feel valued.

8. Individuals are celebrated frequently, including those who are behind-the-scenes.

9. Leaders give regular, constructive feedback. 

10. Meetings have time set aside for people to respond to the question, “Is there any other business we need to cover?”


Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.

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