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I'm torn about this book, some parts of it, including some of the suggested tips and models (The 4-P's or GROW for instance) may very well help and be beneficial for both introvert leaders and also extrovert leaders who are trying to work with/understand introverts.
However there are several passages that were, to be honest, quite uncomfortable and not easy to listen to, not due to the narration, but due to the conveyed text.
For instance, the author goes a bit overboard in the beginning, with her praise of what an introvert person may be able to achieve.
Additionally, while I am sure that some of the suggestions may work in certain work environments... they might not work in every work environment and can therefore potentially be detrimental to your career. It's worth to first scour the overall company climate to see if you can get away with applying these suggestions or not.
Despite the uneasy listening (again only content-wise, the narration was clear and fluent and pleasant to listen to) of this book, I'm thinking of buying the kindle or paperback version to easier check back/look up some of the passages that do offer interesting advice.
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Written with deep empathy for the introvert, "The Introverted Leader" can serve as a manual for both introverts and extroverts.
The book looks at work and leadership from several different angles:
1. It identifies the key challenges that introverts face in the workplace: stress, perception gaps, career derailers and invisibility.
2. It looks in detail at a number of situations, which leaders need to navigate: public speaking, managing projects, meetings, etc.
3. For each of the situations it offers a practical plan of action, called the "4 P's Process", which consists of four components:
- Preparation, a natural strength for introverts.
- Presence, or keeping the focus on the present moment and making sure you fully engage with other people involved.
- Push, which is about where to step out of your comfort zone in order to expand it.
- The Practice of new behaviors, so that they become more comfortable.
Jennifer Kahnweiler identifies herself as a "strong extrovert" and gives an invaluable insight into how introverts are perceived in the workplace. But she also has a deep understanding of what it is like to be an introvert. In many of the chapters I had a strong sense that she 'gets me'. Not only that: her book also gave me additional insights into my own "strengths and soft spots" I wasn't fully aware of.
As a result of listening to this book, I now have a plan of action and a list of things I'll be putting into practice immediately, starting with how to deal with interruptions in meetings. That's gold.