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Stop faking till you make it!

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.

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How organisations and leaders crush diverse talent without realising

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.

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Bias towards style over substance is keeping your real…

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?

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Do you have to be extroverted to get ahead?

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!

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