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Four Reasons Introverts Are Naturally Authentic Leaders

It’s a common myth that introverts can’t be great leaders. This is due to the fact that leadership theories have favored extroverts for centuries. Western culture has also traditionally reinforced the leadership of outgoing, dynamic men who are articulately passionate, sure of themselves and just seem to attract followers. Going back to antiquity, the first leadership theory was the Great Man Theory. Through our modern lens, its problems are pretty obvious. It implied that only certain men with the right characteristics could lead—they had to be white, tall, handsome, and wealthy. But old leadership theories fail to address the power
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Indignity, Indignance, & Introversion

“You need to be funnier.” “You’re just too serious.” These are examples of two cards played against me on significant occasions that led to painful career path alterations. As an introvert and a leader, my journey to self-acceptance and understanding has been winding. In the West, we are taught from a young age that leaders are to be charismatic, loud, highly social, and fast-paced. Introverts living in this biased culture will often experience violations of our inherent dignity. “You’re just not leadership material,” we are told, despite our previous leadership successes. It is only recently that the business world is
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What the Heck is an Ambivert?

Originally posted in Price Associates blog 9/14/2016 Every time I speak to a group of people, there are some in the crowd who’ve never heard the term “ambivert.” I usually ask for a show of hands of the extroverts, then the introverts, then I ask if anyone else didn’t vote or is a little confused. If you’re not sure which side of the continuum you belong on in this discussion, you may well be an ambivert. Ambiversion is a mixture of introverted and extroverted traits that makes identification as either one difficult. Introversion tends to be identified by higher sensitivity
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4 More Layers of People That Are Confused with or Compound with Introversion

Awareness of introversion as a normal and healthy trait in over half of the population is growing.  With the release of Susan Cain’s Quiet in 2012, a quiet revolution has begun.  Slowly the bias toward extroversion in the West that has been assumed for so long is beginning to be questioned. As I continue to study the topic of introversion and to reflect on my own experiences as an introvert, however, there are four more layers that seem to be latently connected to or are frequently confused with the construct of introversion.  For this reason, it is hard for me
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Introverts: Use Social Media to Up Your Networking Game

By Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph. D. Jennifer Kahnweiler is one of the leading experts on introverted leadership.  Ironically, she’s an extrovert.  This means that she is dedicating the majority of her life to helping people who are different from her.  As Ben Franklin said, “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”  Jennifer is a great example of an extrovert caring enough to serve introverts in an attempt to help restore balance in the workplace.  Here are some practical tips from Jennifer on leveraging introverted strengths through effective use of social media:
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Yin Leader: Tony Hsieh

In the West, we tend to emphasize leaders who are competitive, aggressive, outgoing and charismatic (a.k.a. extroverted). Extroversion is yang. Yin leaders are different. This series highlights those differences, pointing to effective leaders from today and throughout history that exemplify the other side of leadership. In truth, we need both kinds of leaders to be healthy and balanced in our organizations. Tony Hsieh is the CEO of the online retailer Zappos.com. He is a great example of a yin leader who is challenging the status quo of yang-driven organizational thinking. He, along with the help of Brian Robertson, has created
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FAQs about Yin Leader Workshop

Yin Leader Workshop is a two-day intensive workshop for yin leaders (introverts & ambiverts) aimed at helping them better understand themselves and the misinformation they may have absorbed from the culture around them, begin to identify and work through the impact of the cultural bias, and begin to move toward an authentically yin leader who is comfortable and confident in their own skin. yin: a leader who doesn’t fit the Western extroverted stereotype of leadership, but who leverages an alternative set of competencies and natural talent patterns to lead in a different way As you consider attending or sponsoring someone
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Yin Leadership Development

There is a changing of the guard in the American workplace. Boomers are retiring. Busters remain only a small minority. Millennials are now the majority. Generation 2020 is coming. With the current shift in organizational demographics and leadership, the need for effective leadership development programs has never been greater. Large numbers of emerging leaders are in immediate need of effective training that will equip them to take open leadership chairs much sooner than previous generations. Many of these leadership development programs, however, are ineffective for a number of reasons. They’re too often off-the-shelf canned programs based almost exclusively on classroom
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Secondary Damage from Charleston

This past week was a hard one for the nation, the state of South Carolina and the city of Charleston. It was filled with the pain and sorrow that results from one person insanely deciding to take the lives of those he valued as worthless. No one is suffering more than the loved ones of the nine victims left behind. Our prayers and thoughts remain with them. We admire their courage and are inspired to see the way the community has responded with love in the face of hate, joining together to begin the long process of healing if ever
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