When I introduce myself as an introvert leadership coach, people are often instantly curious.
“Are you an introvert?”, “That’s a unique niche!” they say. It makes for interesting conversations that often lead to talking about MBTI types and the most common challenges often faced by introverted women in business.
I, myself am truly curious about this topic. After all, I am one of them and I am not yet challenge-free. I have, however, seen a commonality among us.
For example, I often hear from my quiet and introverted friends that they would like to have more influence and authority in their given fields or interests, yet often struggle when given the opportunity, (for many reasons) because they “dislike talking about themselves” or “self-promotion.” When it comes to talking about themselves, they end up at a loss for words.
I always say that communicating effectively (and as a result, having greater influence) requires PRESENCE (see Nov. 2019 blog post HERE).
Many of the smartest introverted people fall short of their full potential—not because they lack intelligence or technical proficiency, but because they haven’t developed the presence to connect, influence, and communicate with clarity and credibility.
Last year, I had an epiphany.
It was late at night, I couldn’t sleep, and I was lying in bed thinking about my clients and introverted friends. I was thinking about how to best serve my people and kept asking myself: What do I know NOW that I wish I knew 10 years ago?
As I ruminated on that question, it suddenly came to me. There are 6 skills that I have practiced over and over again, and that I believe every introvert must MASTER, in order to lead with power and authority in their given field. I was so excited that I jumped out of bed and started writing all my thoughts down.
You’ll be hearing more about these 6 master skills in the coming weeks but in case you haven’t guessed it, the first and # 1 skill to master is PRESENCE.
By mastering the subtleties of voice, body, energy, and message alignment, introverts can emerge with a commanding presence that enables them to demonstrate a level of confidence that matches their subject matter, expertise, and intellectual capacity. Introverts can effectively present themselves and their ideas more powerfully, in any capacity, at all levels with this skill.
I know that for me, working on my presence as an introvert has made a world of difference (remember I was painfully shy and socially anxious too!). I have become really good at, and finely attuned to, my own source of personal strength and power and it all happened as a result of developing my presence as an introvert.
This year, my plan is to teach these 6 Master Skills to as many introverts as possible. It is imperative to learn these 6 skills if you want to make a difference in the world you live in, in the space you occupy, or better said, the space you get to claim as your own.
If you are ready to upgrade your influence and lead with authentic presence, schedule a call with me here.