You can passively spend time in meetings, careening from one to the next. Maybe somebody will give you credit for being “present”, but don’t expect those meeting hours to have a good ROI. It’s the equivalent of driving on “autopilot” while your brain is busy elsewhere. Leaders need to bring a high level of situational awareness into meetings.
One of the best descriptions of situational awareness I’ve heard comes from a retired Army Ranger; he characterized levels of awareness by color: