Am I holding my career back by not being more dominant in meetings with senior leaders?
I am a high D/C IT manager in a company overwhelmingly high D, or D/I. I am considered a primary ops and process subject matter expert (SME), and am often invited to senior meetings.
In this company, leaders all share the high D similar personality. Most of the people getting promoted to director and above for the past couple of years all share this. Every meeting or presentation is dominated by the most senior leader in the room. He or she takes up most of the time talking. It is the norm for leaders to interrupt each other mid-sentence. The exec directors and directors take turns interrupting the senior leader to make a point and participate in the conversation. The execs interrupt right back. This goes on for the duration of the meeting.
Analysts and managers seldom speak as we all wait for a break in the action to make a point, and there never seems to be a break in the action.
I remember from a past podcast setting personal goals to speak in meetings. I long ago set a personal goal to be an active, contributing member of every meeting I take part in. That always includes being active in the conversation. Head nods of agreement (rather than actual conversation) never count towards achievement of my goal, nor do I believe towards being an effective leader.
However, I feel that I’m still not participating enough.
Is this business normal? Do I learn that art or interruption to show how excited and engaged I am in the conversation? I suspect that is the case and the problem really is with me. Or is this just the culture where I am now? Other places don’t have this conversation dominance at the leadership level.
As a respected SME, I am beginning to feel that I have become the perfect manager. And that I will continue being the expert perfect Manager for the rest of my career.
Thanks for your advice!