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Don’t let a quiet personality hold you back from the top

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Robert Lentz

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in Leaders & Managers,Leadership Skills

“You can speak only 10 words a day, but if you time them just right, and speak them with conviction, people will follow you.” - Quiet Strength: The Introvert's Guide to Leadership Greatness

How many times have you driven home from the office thinking, “The only reason that guy got the acclaim today is because he’s so vocal and social—the system is totally rigged in favor of the loud”?

You know what? We agree. It really is, and always has been. But thanks in part to some very high-profile introverts who have become leaders in their fields—and have embraced their way of doing things instead of apologizing for it—those who speak softly and carry big ideas are getting more respect.

If you’re not totally comfortable in meetings, at gatherings, or being the first to speak up with a great notion, your path to leading others remains just a little bit different, but others have traversed it and so can you. Author and executive coach Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph. D., recently explained how that’s done to a webinar audience that didn’t necessarily have all the time in the world to reinvent themselves from scratch … so she came armed with a couple of tricks that introverts can use today.

In this video clip taken from the webinar's Q&A session, she explains the "first five minute rule"—a technique for making a quick impression on any meeting:

And here, she reveals a method used by Doug Conant, former president and CEO of Campbell's, to lead people without saying a word:



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