As a leader, you have two very different roles to play when you meet with your peers and the leader you all report to. One hat lets you act as a representative of your department and argue for the corresponding interests. But those meetings are not just about negotiating an agreement with your colleagues. Instead, see yourself as a member of this senior leadership team. Contribute with your expertise to develop unbiased solutions that address the needs on a broader scale. This is the hat you need to wear when the important calls are made!
You’re under pressure because you definitely started this important project too late. How