Why 1 on 1 Meetings Are So Effective

Having a 1 on 1 meeting with a coworker, manager, or your boss can be extremely effective, and many people don’t do it enough. It should be an opportunity for you to become a better and stronger leader in your career. When was the last time you had a 1 on 1 meeting with an employee or manager?

Many people avoid these types of meetings because they feel too comfortable in their workplace. However, the purpose and goal of these 1 on 1 meetings is for people to grow and come to a solution that challenges them further in their career goals. Find out why 1 on 1 meetings are so effective below.

1. Builds Communication

Communication can sometimes be a lot harder than it really is. In order to be an effective communicator, you must let people know what is on your mind. Having these 1 on 1 meetings can significantly build and strengthen communication skills for you and the person you are talking with.

Try not to beat around the bush, and try to be upfront with what you are trying to discuss. Being straightforward and confident in your communication will make a big difference in how the conversation goes.

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2. Focuses on Accountability

Scheduling these 1 on 1 meetings in advance on a regular basis will help keep you and that other person accountable to attending these meetings. No matter who you are talking to, it’s important not to cancel these meetings unless an emergency comes up. Having them on the calendar will let both parties know that this is a mandatory meeting and it’s not an optional conversation.

If you just wait for a conversation to just happen, it most likely won’t. Next time you want to have a 1 on 1, take initiative and schedule it for a convenient time for the both of you. If you want to learn more about accountability, check out this article from Harvard Business Review.

3. Leads to Improvements

When was the last time you had a full evaluation in your career? It’s important that these 1 on 1 meetings touch on the goals and achievements for yourself and the company. These conversations can be utilized for brainstorms and collaboration to ensure you have a clear idea of how you can improve after the meeting is over. You both should be leaving that meeting feeling more motivated and goal-oriented than when you walked in.

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Check out this article to learn more about how to have an effective 1 on 1 meeting. This applies to the workforce; however, you can utilize these skills for your personal life too!

What can you do as a leader the next time you are in a 1 on 1 meeting? What have you done in the past? Comment your past experiences and future 1 on 1 meeting goals below.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Alex Harker says:


    Really enjoyed your post. I always enjoy 1 on 1 meetings in order to build a relationship with my boss as well as may colleagues!


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