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Introverted Leadership

Key Idea

This form of leadership suggests that the age of the heroic leader has ended. Leadership is no longer located within any single individual, but a collective and shared activity. Dialogue, collaboration, and horizontal networks are key concepts of interdependent leadership.

Book to Read

The Introverted Leader 
by Jennifer Kahnweiler (2013)

Quick Take from the Book

Kahnweiler suggests that there are four steps that every introverted leader can take to improve their effectiveness. These are:

  1. Preparation: The notion the you need to give the same attention to personal interactions as you do to a project or assignment.
  2. Presence: Strive to always give people your full attention. Show sincere interest and empathy when with others. 
  3. Push:   Get outside your comfort zone. Now!  
  4. Practice: All habits require attention. Throwing away the cloak of invisibility requies conscious effort and attention. 

Quote of Note

"As you build on your quiet strength and take hold of your leadership role, you will not be required to change your personality. It will mean that you gain confidence and courage as you step out of the shadows. You and many others will be grateful that you did.” – page 128.


Related Styles: Authentic Leadership, Intellectual LeadershipNarrative Leadership

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