I could not hold back anymore. I sat back listening to a group of people arguing over something in a conference meeting that was very low on the importance scale. It really was nearly meaningless yet a few people had decided this was worth fighting about. I had decided that I would let people lead and would offer up my leadership only when asked for or when needed. This was getting out of hand. We were wasting so much time over nothing to satisfy a few egos. So, I stood up, asked for quiet and took control. We quickly moved on and the rest of our meeting took 15 minutes. Many other leaders stopped me afterwards and thanked me for stepping in and stopping the discussion. There is a fine balance (and I am still learning it) between listening and speaking in a group. Sometimes we need to stand and speak, but more times we should sit back and listen. If it is time to speak, by all means speak, but make sure you are within season.