Leading as an Introverted Female

Well, we have reached the final day of January.┬áToday will wrap up my Introvert Awareness Month project. It is my last day to blast the internet quietly, with my selection of ready-made and home made memes. I’ve covered leadership, relationships, inspiration and neuroscience.

 

(shared by Kerry Robinson)

(shared by Kerry Robinson)

I’ll be posting 4 posts today, as my life has gotten so outwardly motivated that I’ve taken the last few days to be wonderfully, entirely by myself. Back to back meetings, recovering from a 32 person “retreat” and a town hall. I’ve also shared a proposal for burnable art that is very close to my heart. Sharing my truest of hearts is quite draining when time goes by without any real response. On the flip, a few of my crafty friends have signed on to assist in the build. So, there is validation from certain friends.

I have four new bosses in my volunteer work and that takes some getting used to as well. Group dynamics are tough to navigate as it is, before the introduction of a bunch of new hierarchies that have yet to settle out. I also lead the first meeting of my department for the season. I am getting a little run over, similar to last year; Interruptions, derailings, Well-meaning intent.

I find myself reading up on managing people and facilitating meetings as an Introvert. I’m hunting for how to handle interruptions specifically but for now, this article has some good, basic advice for Introvert Leads, from . Following that is an article on the hazards of being female and a lead. My experience lies somewhere in between.

http://www.businessweek.com/managing/content/apr2011/ca20110414_185829.htm

http://time.com/3666135/sheryl-sandberg-talking-while-female-manterruptions/

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