There are untold number of books, classes, seminars, and workshops helping people lead. Lead by speaking up, taking charge of a room, pitching, and giving persuasive presentations.
The prototype is the charismatic leader with a winning smile, who walks into a room and commands attention.
It can be frightening to step up, out of your comfort zone, and lead a critical presentation.
But is there another way?
Introverts make up a third to half the population. The person sitting next to you likely is an introvert.
Introverts have been bombarded with messages saying they must stand up, get out of their turtle shell, and act more like an extrovert.
Some have the ability to do so. Some choose not to.
Decades ago, the only way to shine was to stand up and take charge of the room. Now, we have email, text, discussion boards, and video conferencing. Numerous ways to have a more intimate 1 - 1 interaction.
Instead of asking introverts to change, what would happen if we invited extroverts to adapt, and think more like introverts?
To create an environment where introverts can contribute in their own way? To help introverts lead introverts and extroverts?
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