NEW EDITION, REVISED AND EXPANDED The Introverted Leader Building on Your Quiet Strength, Second Edition
Finally, a book that recognizes the immense value that introverts bring to the workplace.” —Daniel Pink, author of Drive and When
A prevailing myth is that a big, vibrant personality is needed to succeed in the workplace, but often the quietest people have the loudest minds. Unfortunately, in our extroverted business culture, introverts can feel excluded, overlooked, or misunderstood. Jennifer Kahnweiler shows that introversion is a source of strength. Just look at Arianna Huffington and Mark Zuckerberg, two introverts who have learned to be themselves and thrive in type A work environments.
This revised and expanded second edition draws on new research, interviews, and insights from thousands of introverted leaders, including fresh information on the unique challenges faced by introverted women; how leaders can shape a more inclusive, introvert-friendly workplace; the brains of introverts; and the correlation between introverted leadership and company performance.
Kahnweiler lays out a well-tested progressive four-step strategy called “The 4 Ps Process” for succeeding in the workplace by building on your natural quiet strengths. First, preparation: carefully devise a game plan for any potentially anxiety-provoking situation. Then, presence: knowing you're prepared, be completely focused on the present moment. Then you can push—go beyond your comfort zone. And finally, practice, practice, practice.
A newly revised quiz helps pinpoint where to amplify your quiet strengths and when to consider flexing your style. Kahnweiler shows exactly how to apply the 4 Ps in areas that can be particularly challenging for introverts—including networking, making presentations, and handling meetings. Aspiring leaders will be able to contribute more fully to their organization while staying true to themselves and serve as models and mentors to others as they move forward in their careers.