If you are the highest ranking person at a meeting, then you automatically play an important role in the development of the people in the room. Because of your title, you will be able to do something that other peope aren’t allowed to do. You will be able to dominate the flow of the conversation in the room because others might feel uncomfortable cutting you off in front of their peers.
It’s up to you to not allow that to happen.
If you offer every thought the second that you have it, you will cut off opportunities for other people to exchange ideas in meaningful conversations. If you keep your thoughts to yourself, other people will be able to step forward and exchange ideas with other people in the room. By staying quiet and observing you will actually create breathing room for other people to develop. You might think you’re doing nothing, but you’re actually doing something very, very imporant. It’s called creating a learning environment, a place where people can learn from each other.
If you give your thoughts every thirty minutes or so, people can learn from you and you can learn from them.