Introverts, take the lead! So urges Andy Johnson, the introvert, leader, executive coach, and licensed counselor who wrote Introvert Revolution. Johnson is leading the charge to eradicate the bias against introvert leadership. In this first installment of a two-part series, he sheds light on the plight of the introvert leader.
In this second part of my interview with Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., mindfulness expert and author of The Awakened Introvert, he refutes common myths about meditation (e.g., restless minds can’t meditate; a practice of non-attachment results in a zombie-like, passionless life). He also offers helpful tips to engage your “monkey mind” (that internal noise!).
You may have heard the expression “monkey mind,” which refers to the way that our minds are all over the place. To learn more about how to be present with the inner chaos, I turned to Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., mindfulness expert and author of The Awakened Introvert.
What does the word “introvert” mean to you? You can find various stripes of definitions, many of which are anchored by the work of Carl Jung, in the introvert literature that has become increasingly popular over the past 10+ years. Despite that, you can also find dictionary definitions with entirely different meanings—some of which further the stigma around introversion.
You’re not big on telling everyone you meet how great you are? How about raising your visibility by writing—also without bragging? Let’s see what Jack Appleman, author of 10 Steps to Successful Business Writing and a fellow introvert, says about that.
“I wish that the ability to work independently would be celebrated and valued as much as the ability to work in teams,” says Peter Vogt, author of the new book, The Introvert Manifesto. “We have team-building activities, after all, especially on the job. Why not independent work-building activities?”
The Introvert Manifesto by Peter Vogt is the latest addition to the increasingly popular literature for and about introverts. My favorite thing about his book is how deeply he shares from his own experience—what rocks as well as jolts his world as an introvert, and what he’s learned to do about it. Central to that is his useful tool, The 4 Pillars of Introvert Well-Being.
How does the new generation of workers transform itself into leaders? In her new book, Becoming the Boss, Lindsey Pollak offers Gen Y readers advice to help them grow from team members to team leaders. Pollak is here to share some of that advice, with special angles for introverts.
In the first part of this interview, Barbara Rubin, a theater director as well as a dialect and vocal coach, offers insights and tips for introverts about finding their true voice and using it with power and presence. In this second part, she shares more about physical techniques you can use to enhance your speaking voice and manage performance jitters.
When you think of introverts, vocal power may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, you have the potential to express yourself with your voice fully and authentically—regardless of whether your greatest source of energy is cocooning or mingling, and whether your voice is typically soft or loud.
Those dreaded questions that put you on the spot—at business meetings, Q&As, job interviews, and salary negotiations—can be an introvert’s nightmare. If only you had a little time in your cocoon to collect your thoughts. But often that’s not an option. So what do you do?
In the first part of this story, I shared tips to help you connect with your audience and lighten your load by making your presentations interactive. These tips can be especially helpful if you’re an introvert because they enable you to catch your breath, gather your thoughts, and then share the best you have to offer your audiences. Ready for a few more tips?
Recently, after I gave a presentation, a few audience members came up to me and insisted that I couldn’t possibly be an introvert (could, too!). Why? They said I was “on fire”—fully engaged with my audience. Here are the secrets to making audience interaction a win-win for you, as an introvert, and your audience.
I love “firsts,” and here’s one for introverts: Georgia Tech is offering its employees the option to join an employee resource group (ERG) specifically for introverts. In our interview, Cheryl Cofield, Tech’s director of culture, diversity and inclusion and an introvert herself, explains how introverts can benefit from this group of people who aren’t known for grouping.
“The individual-centered command-and-control models of leadership are outmoded and must be replaced,” says Mila Baker, Ph.D., author of Peer-to-Peer Leadership. She believes that the top-down mentality is a throwback to the pyramids (both Egyptian and org-chart!). She shares her views on leadership—with some refreshing insights for introverts.
Introverts and influence aren’t two words that you normally think of in the same blink. Yet, Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D., in her book Quiet Influence, turns that misconception on its head. What can you learn about influencing others without necessarily even making a peep? Check out the exchange I had with Kahnweiler on Twitter.