In meetings, the best leaders excel at both exerting their viewpoints and relinquishing the floor to others. Leaders who share power and keep their airtime to a minimum earn the respect and appreciation of the team. The idea that talking too much can crowd out the contributions of others is instinctive for effective meeting leaders.
So I totally agree that breakouts can be super effective, AND I think this piece would have been more powerful if you had noted how you can make breakouts happen in either hybrid (some people in person, some people online) or all virtual meetings. Sometimes in virtual meetings, it's even easier for people to remain quiet or a few to dominate, making breakouts invaluable.
Zoom will let a meeting host facilitate these quick mini-breakouts easy enough too. It is worth experimenting with the functionality if you've not seen it in action before.
I did this on Friday for work / training. Ugh. I really dislike talking in groups especially strangers. I am often worried about what people think about my thoughts. (Obviously something I need to overcome, but still.)
Probably only feels necessary when the meeting is a larger group?
Smaller groups can just go around the table.
The real key that is often ignored is that many leaders go into a meeting with an agenda to get things communicated instead of making sure to hear from everyone.