Thanks to Elaine Foley for this pic of me leading a community meeting last summer! How do you judge whether a meeting was a success? These are my rules when I lead them:
1) Protection: Did I make sure that everyone felt safe expressing their honest thoughts in a civil manner?
2) Order: Did we stick to the agenda? Did we avoid meandering tangents? Did we start & end on time?
3) Direction: Did I provide a sense of what goals we need to reach and did we solve problems to reach them? Are we closer to our goals after this meeting? Are these goals the right ones? (That is the hardest question. Always.)