Why is Executive Presence [Introvert style] so critical for your career, no matter who you are?
Here’s why. When I tell someone I’m an introvert; they look at me like I’ve just offered them orange ice cream. WTF!?! “But you’re so confident,” they say. Yes. And introversion and confidence can be synonymous.
Case in point: Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
We live in a loud, outspoken world, which is challenging if you’re not naturally loud and outspoken. However, those CEOs use their introverted strengths like deep thinking, preparation, focus, and intention to demonstrate their confidence.
But they didn’t always know how to do that. And neither did my clients, especially those in the C-Suite. For much of their careers, they felt sidelined and invisible. They didn’t see value in fighting for airtime and wouldn’t say what was on their mind (even when they knew they had the best ideas). They stayed quiet and suffered in silence, feeling misunderstood and unappreciated.
But our work helped them capitalize on their strengths and advance their careers.