The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength (Paperback)

The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength By Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Douglas R. Conant (Foreword by) Cover Image
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In our outgoing, type A business culture, introverts can feel excluded, overlooked, or misunderstood, their reticence mistaken for reluctance, arrogance, or even lack of intelligence. But Jennifer Kahnweiler shows that not only can introversion be managed, it can even be a source of strength. Ask Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, two of the leaders she cites as shy introspectives who have developed ways to thrive in a challenging environment.

It is estimated that as many as 40 per cent of executives are introverted to at least some extent. Based on conversations with over 100 of these men and women, Kahnweiler lays out a progressive four-step strategy for succeeding in an extroverted world. First, preparation: carefully devise a game plan for any potentially anxiety-producing situation. Then presence: knowing that you’re prepared, be completely focused on the present moment or activity. Next, push: with a firm foundation of preparation and presence, go beyond your comfort zone. And finally, practice, practice, practice.

After a revealing Introverted Leader Quiz to help you deepen your understanding of where focused improvement will produce maximum results, Kahnweiler shows exactly how to apply the four P’s approach in six areas that are particularly difficult for introverts, such as public speaking, heading up projects, participating in meetings, and more. The goal, she emphasizes, is not personality change—you work with who you are, not against it. In fact, she shows that introversion can actually be a plus in areas like listening skills and written communication. But as a result of reading this book, leaders and aspiring leaders who find it intimidating to be around people will learn to embrace the experience, rather than see it as something to be avoided or endured, and as a result advance their careers and contribute more fully to their organizations.

About the Author

Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, PhD, helps build strong leaders through her highly engaging speaking, training, and executive coaching programs. Called the “down-to-earth Ph.D.” she specializes in translating leadership theory into practice. Her clients include Capital One, Turner, AT&T, the Coca-Cola Company, and GE.

Praise For…

“The definitive guide for introverts to tap into their leadership potential and succeed in an extroverted world.”
—Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global
“Finally, a book that recognizes the immense value that introverts bring to the workplace. You’ll learn how to lead with quiet confidence through powerful personal examples and practical tools.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and When
“I recognized some of my own long-used strategies among the ones highlighted here. Introverted leaders who want to pull from their natural strengths and claim their seat at the table will benefit from this guide for navigating an extroverted world.” 
—Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, President Emerita, Spelman College, and author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
 “Right now, we’re in the midst of a renaissance of introverts in leadership roles. But too often, introverts still feel unprepared and uncertain about how to lead most effectively. Jennifer Kahnweiler has spent years working with introverted leaders, and this book is full of advice from the trenches.”
Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE, ORIGINALS, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg

 “Extrovert Jennifer Kahnweiler is one of introversion’s first and most articulate and insightful advocates. Drawing on a tide of new research, this timely update of her now-classic book provides powerful new tools to help introverts step forward as leaders and help extroverts understand the benefits of personality diversity in the workplace.”
—Sophia Dembling, author of The Introvert’s Way and Introverts in Love
“This new edition combines fresh research with a nuanced, enlightened extrovert’s perspective on the world of the introverted leader. Jennifer gets introverts! Her deep dive into how we can be our best is a gift to introverts at any stage in their leadership journey. Necessary reading for introverted leaders and those who mentor them.”
—Beth L. Buelow, PCC, author of The Introvert Entrepreneur
“This book shows you that your ability to get results determines your success as a leader, and your personality style is secondary to that.”
—Brian Tracy, author of Get Smart!
“Kahnweiler believes that we must recognize the many thoughtful, inwardly focused, quiet ‘gems’ within our midst. If you count yourself as introverted some or all of the time, this book is a must-read.”
—Liliana de Kerorguen, MBA, President, La Palette Gourmande
“In this timely latest edition, Jennifer Kahnweiler shows that she understands the challenges and more importantly, the opportunities introverted leaders face daily. With this book you will grow your influence as a global leader in Asia and around the world.”
—Fabrice Egros, PhD, MBA, President, Asia Pacific and Japan, Lupin
“Does the thought of working a room make you want to run from the room? The good news is, you don’t have to be the life of the party to be a successful leader. This book teaches you skills you can use to lead with confident, compassionate authority so you command the respect, loyalty, and results you want, need, and deserve. Read it and reap.”
—Sam Horn, author of POP! and Got Your Attention?
“I’ve been an executive coach for more than fifteen years and only wish I’d had this book sooner for my many introverted clients. Jennifer’s four-step process—clear, concrete, and centered on results—helps ‘not-so-noisy’ leaders avoid career derailment and achieve success. If you’re an introvert—or you coach, mentor, or manage one—this is the book you’ve been waiting for. Buy it, read it, and put it to work!”
—Sharon Jordan-Evans, executive coach and coauthor of Love ’Em or Lose ’Em
“This is an important book for introverts and extroverts alike. Extroverts will benefit by gaining deeper insight into the mind of the introvert. Introverts will learn to embrace their introversion and the true value that they bring to the organizations they serve. The tips and tools that Kahnweiler introduces will help introverts navigate an extroverted corporate world. Shhh. Hear that? It’s the sound of your confidence growing!”
—Bill Treasurer, bestselling author of Courage Goes to Work and Leaders Open Doors
“Jennifer Kahnweiler’s experience with numerous high-level organizations speaks loudly and clearly in this first-of-its-kind book for introverted leaders. Those who are reluctant to step out of the shadows will learn to do so while keeping their personality intact.”
—Tom Darrow, founder and Principal, Talent Connections, LLC, and Career Spa, LLC, and Past Chair, SHRM Foundation Board of Directors

Product Details
ISBN: 9781523094332
ISBN-10: 1523094338
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Pages: 216
Language: English