Tag Archives: leadership style
The Open Office Space

A few years ago, upper management came strolling through our area and had the brilliant idea to follow the current trend of an open office space, by lowering the cubicle walls and making the individual areas smaller.  The open office, made popular by companies like Google and Facebook, sounded like a great idea to them […]

Introverts & Leadership

Can introverts make great leaders?  Of course! For me, this is not even a question.  I believe the better question to the introverted leader is, “What are your natural gifts and how can you use these to lead?”   As an introvert, I’ve found that I need to be true to myself. As a leader, this means using […]

Leadership Check In

I’ve spent several years in management over a large department with many employees. As an introvert, I’ve found that sometimes it’s a challenge to connect individually with staff members – especially when there are a lot of them and you have many other responsibilities that take you out of the office.  I am not a […]

Interviewing Introverts

“The biggest challenge in the job search process is that the skills required to be successful in the search are not the same skills required to be successful on the job.” Wendy Gelberg, “The Successful Introvert” I have seen this on both sides of the table. I know there have been many jobs that I […]

Love When Meetings End Early

I attend many meetings at work everyday.  Sometimes they are back to back for the entire day.  It is a little frustrating as typically I am getting more and more to do at these meetings and not getting any work done because of the meetings. Most calendars, such as those in Google or other places, […]

Declare yourself and your expectations

I am becoming more and more aware of my strengths as a leader and at the same time, my blind spots. As an introvert I am constantly thinking, making connections, and pondering ways to make things better. Since my mind is always going, I know exactly where I am headed and where I want to […]

Only Calm On The Outside

I supervise a large staff, and recently a few members of my team have been getting upset about a couple issues at the office with other co-workers.  I have been assuring them that the issues were being handled, but this did not seem to help them let go.  Sometimes when emotions are running high, rather than […]

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

As an introvert and an introverted leader, I find that it is a constant battle to be understood.  One example is that I have far more work to do than I am able.  As a result, I am in my office for long periods of time trying to keep up and get ahead.  Because I’m […]

Introverted Leadership?

I came across a great article by Rahul Sinha titled “Why introverts can be great leaders?” My initial reaction was, why is there a question mark? About half the population is introverted and there are many great introverted leaders out there.  Introversion is still often misunderstood, but fortunately this is changing as more is being written and discussed.  Of […]

Introverted Leaders vs. the Fantasy Football Draft

NFL season is here again.  I am an occasional watcher, but my teenage son is obsessed.  He has been playing “fantasy football” (as well as actual football) for a couple years now and drafts multiple fantasy leagues each season.  I tried it for the first time last year and did okay.  I do like the […]