Posts by hannah

Who Makes the Best Leaders?

This article was posted previously at Price Associates. Who makes the best leader? Extroverts? Introverts? It depends. According to a 2011 study, “research now suggests that leading in an intraverted manner is a key to success.”1 Context is everything. This statement, according to Adam Grant, University of Pennsylvania, Francesca Gino, Harvard University, and David Hofmann, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is true where employees that work for the introverted leader are proactive. What the study actually concluded was that the superior style of leadership varied according to this key organizational metric. For the more proactive employees, introverted leaders lead
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Socially Acceptable Discrimination

What do these four statements have in common? “I don’t think we’re ready for a black president.” “Women need to accept their place and stop trying to act like men in the workplace.” “I’m sorry I didn’t realize that you were Jewish, we try to hire team members from within our own.” “Introverts can’t be leaders. Leaders need to be charismatic, decisive, take-charge kinds of people.” Your answer? “Ignorance. Bigotry”? These statements (at least the first three) trigger appropriate feelings of anger in most informed civilized people. Obviously, the first three statements are clear examples of unacceptable and illegal discrimination
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Yin Leadership Challenge: Submissiveness and Passivity

Focusing on our strengths, building on them as opposed to our weaknesses is critical.  I have found by experience, however, that there is a difference between building on strengths and ignoring areas of weakness.  My honest opinion is that we benefit from both building and focusing on strengths and working to minimize obstacles and challenges. One of the most common challenges for more introverted leaders is a tendency toward submissiveness, or even passivity.  In the original theory that underlies the DISC assessment that I use to measure aspects of different behavioral styles, the D and the S were seen by
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Detox

Toxins are poisons that build up in our system over time.  It has become common in our culture for individuals concerned with their physical health to do a “detox,” a process of cleansing the body from the build up, giving the liver and the other organs that collect toxins a fresh start.  In our society, we also call the process that someone goes through as they seek to overcome a substance addiction “detox.”  Those detox processes can be quite severe and often require medical oversight as the patient’s body reacts to the withdrawal of the substance on which it has
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Four Reasons CEOs Should Understand Introversion

As the leader of your organization, it behooves you to be fully and actively informed about introversion as it relates to your organization.  You may or may not have become aware of the recent discussion about introversion in the American workplace.  For most of the last century, we have existed under a cultural assumption that Susan Cain has called the “extrovert ideal,” the idea that real leadership = extroverted leadership.  In 1996, Peter Drucker commented that he saw no connection between good leadership and the charismatic aspects of extroversion. The one and only personality trait the effective ones [leaders] did
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A Conversation with a Rabbi About Introversion

I recently had the good fortune of meeting Rabbi Dan Fink from Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel in Boise, Idaho.  We met in the context of my introduction as a coach of introverted leaders and began to discuss introversion as it relates to faith and leadership.  We recently met to continue our conversation at a local coffee shop in Boise.  If you were a fly on the wall, here are some of the thoughts that you would have heard us exchange. Highlights from our conversation that are meaningful to introverts: • According to Rabbi Fink, God appears to have introverted traits,
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Bacon Coterie with Justin Foster

Recently had a chance to chat on Google Hangouts with Justin Foster.  Justin is a branding expert and a star in the Price Associates constellation.  Justin interviewed me about all things related to introverted leadership.  We even ended up talking about the Big Bang Theory.  Here’s the video on Justin’s site.
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Character Based Leadership

As Susan Cain has well documented, our culture shifted at the turn of the last century away from a culture of character and toward a culture of personality.  Gladly, many thought leaders today are advocating a reversal of that unfortunate shift.  One example is the Lead Change Group, a nonprofit global community that is at the front of this cultural change toward culture-based leadership.  I would concur with their assessment: We need a leadership revolution so that character becomes the top priority in evaluating and developing leaders. If character is going to be our first concern, it will prove helpful
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What’s Entropy Costing You?

This article appeared originally in the Price Associates ezine. As I’ve written elsewhere, the universe has certain inviolable laws.  One of those laws is entropy, the way that things left to themselves naturally deteriorate.  We can pretend that these principles don’t apply to our team or organization, “not us.”  We can ignore the clear evidence, “what problems?”  Or we can open our eyes to the reality of this foe, face it squarely and create clear strategies to work against its influence. We often are unwilling to address chronic problems in our environments until the pain speaks louder.  When it hurts
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Balanced Leadership: Our Greatest Need

t was 1776, June.  The Continental Congress was scheduled to meet in July to discuss the creation of a document that would explain their rationale for the war to break from British control of the colonies that had begun a year earlier.  This new nation, freshly aware of the downside of a singular leader in King George, convened to discuss the foundation of their new experiment.  Leadership was on their mind. The unofficial leader of the group was John Adams, a lawyer from Massachusetts.  He, along with four others, was placed on the committee to draft the new document.  Everyone initially
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