Guest Post from Jennifer Kahnweiler – Introverts Finding Their Power
(Today’s post is from Jennifer Kahnweiler, PhD, author of the new book “The Genius Of Opposites”. As a thought leader on introverted leadership and its role in organizations, Jennifer works to incorporate their voice and style into a more complete organization.)
Introverts Finding Their Power
I once heard The Introvert Entrepreneur, Beth Buelow, joke in an interview with Jonathon Rauch that only a few years ago when you researched the word “introvert”, “serial killer” was one of the top hits on the list of search results!
Beth is not exaggerating! One great result of the current introvert revolution is that awareness about introverts has increased exponentially. It is not unusual to get over 40 daily Google alerts in my inbox with everything from a great Pinterest graphic to a moving blog post such as 7 Things A Quiet Student Wish Their Teacher Understood by Marsha Pint, a teenager who writes for the Huffington Post.
I also enjoyed this recent insightful piece from Fairbanks, Alaska by Judith Kleinfeld called Quiet But Strong: Deciphering the Hidden Power of Introverts. I am glad the writer realizes that she can step into her own power by not changing who she is, but by building on her natural strengths. As she is figuring how to do this, she describes the differences between E’s and I’s.
“One of my friends, ‘Ned,’ is basically an extrovert. He makes friends easily, is very talkative, loves to have parties and invites people he hardly knows to come over for dinner. Other people I know, like ‘Laura,’ are typical introverts. They need time alone to recharge their batteries. Laura can be more extroverted when the situation calls for it. But she has chosen to be an academic, a career field which is particularly attractive to introverts since they can be engaged in solitary work. I myself am a good example of an introvert. I much prefer to spend my time alone writing this column or writing books than going to a party or just hanging out with friends. My favorite activities require a lot of solitude, like doing research or exercising on the treadmill while watching DVDs of cooking techniques.”
Extroverts are starting to pay attention to the needs of introverts and so, thankfully are organizations. Writing is power and with more quality media about introverts emerging we have a chance to see our society and our workplaces becoming more inclusive. I say, bring it on!
Originally published 9/7/2014 on JenniferKahnweiler.org.
Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D., Certified Speaking Professional, is a bestselling author and global keynote speaker known as the “champion for introverts.” In addition to her latest book, The Genius of Opposites, she has written two bestselling books about introverts (Quiet Influence and The Introverted Leader), which have been translated into 14 languages.