Leaders talk last

When the expectation and authority to speak is proportional to someone’s position in the power hierarchy, everybody loses.

The most powerful person in the room learns nothing new.
insight and innovation is suppressed.
People feel disempowered and undervalued.

The more senior you are, the more you need to STFU. Two ears, one mouth. Train yourself to speak last, except to ask curious open non-hostile questions.

Everyone wins.