Tag Archives: Leadership
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, […]

Recognizing Our Introverted Needs

In a previous post, I have written about the open office space and how I feel that sometimes it is not the most optimal environment to get work done. There are many occasions when we need uninterrupted time to get projects done, especially as introverts.  This need is not always acknowledged.  I work in a […]

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 […]

Checkers or Chess?

I recently came across an article by Marcus Buckingham on the Harvard Business Review. I loved his analogy of how “average managers play checkers and great managers play chess.”  In checkers, all the pieces have the same moves, the same opportunities, the same strengths. In chess, however, each piece has its own unique abilities/moves and […]

Make Appointments With Your Introverted Self

I live a busy life at work with far too many meetings.  With all these meetings, I get more and more work to do, but have less time to accomplish work because of the time spent participating in the meetings. It seems to be a never-ending cycle! Steve Chandler in Fearless discusses how important it is to […]

Introverted Leadership

So what style of leadership is the best?  My answer to this is the one that best uses your natural strengths. When I was younger, I tried to lead or manage the way that I thought it was “supposed” to be done, but I wasn’t being true to myself and probably not as effective as I […]