Leading Doesn’t Have to be Loud

If you’re an introvert, you might assume (or you might have been told) that you’re not cut out for leadership. Maybe you think you’re too quiet to lead. Maybe you think that all great leaders need to have larger-than-life personalities. Nothing could be further from the truth. Introverts possess skills that make them valued leaders—skills like listening, relationship building, and thoughtfulness. This session will provide you with practical strategies for turning the strengths you already have into leadership potential. If you’re not an introvert, come learn how you can create a work environment that values all voices, even the quiet ones.

Resources:

Session Slides (PDF)

Books
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being, by Brian R. Little

Blogs
The Introvert’s Corner
Introvert Spring

Video
Brian Little’s TED Talk

About Amy Hitchner

Amy Hitchner is the newest member of the Networking and Resource Sharing Team at the Colorado State Library. In her role as Collaborative Programming Coordinator, she is involved in statewide initiatives such as the FindIT Colorado mobile app and the Resource Sharing Task Force. Amy is a recent graduate of CALLI, the CAL Leadership Institute, where she focused on introverts as leaders. When she wants to recharge, Amy enjoys hiking, camping, and cooking with her husband. Follow Amy on Twitter @hitchlib