Quietly powerful was started as a movement to help quieter professionals to succeed on their own terms rather than having to ‘fix’ themselves (See Fixing people who don’t fit). The bigger intention behind the work was to challenge how we define what good leadership looks like.Read more “The definition of what good leadership looks like needs an update”
Time and time again I hear people in organisations say they wished their leaders listened to them more.
How would you feel working for a leader who:Read more “We all want leaders who listen. So why don’t we have more quieter leaders?”
Because it will burn you out. I’ve been there. I have heard from many people who have been there.
Quietly Powerful Women has now reached over 400 women and it seems that the ‘exhaustion from faking’ is one of the biggest challenges. Many of these women are successful. And many feel exhausted and don’t feel they appreciate and leverage their natural qualities enough.Read more “Stop faking till you make it!”
Following my article Bias towards style over substance is keeping your real talent hidden, I found out from a colleague about an organisation which eliminated introverts from their talent pool after doing some personality profiling of their high potentials. Most of my readers know where I stand on the issue of diversity of leadership style (ie. I believe we need more diversity in leadership style – please see Do you have to be an extrovert to get ahead?). It made me reflect on what organisations and leaders do to keep their diverse talent hidden and under-utilised.Read more “How organisations and leaders crush diverse talent without realising”
Thank you to the people who responded to my previous article Do you need to be extroverted to get ahead?
One of the comments raised another level of challenge – Unconscious bias toward style over substance.
If you were to choose one to promote between people who have the following qualities – who would you pick?Read more “Bias towards style over substance is keeping your real talent hidden”
If you want to have a breakthrough in 2017, remember that our minds can be easily tricked. Pause before believing and acting on what you see, hear, read or feel.
While traveling in Tokyo we visited a mind-twisting place called the Trick Art Museum. Here are a few fun photos.Read more “Remembering that your mind can be easily tricked”
Whether organisations, leaders and individuals are aware or agree with it or not, the collective belief to this question is an overwhelming ‘yes’. Of the 114 people who responded to a survey before attending the Quietly Powerful Women’s (QPW) events, a whopping 92% feel that they have to be extroverted to progress in their careers. Many of these women feel exhausted from having to put on the extroverted persona to get ahead. Even ambivert (mix of introvert and extrovert) and extrovert women have told me that they feel exhausted!Read more “Do you have to be extroverted to get ahead?”