Lately I have had many coaching sessions and conversations around aspiring leaders who wish to be more confident. Many have been told to ‘be more confident’, which is unhelpful (see Don’t tell me to ‘be more confident’). Others have been told that they appear confident but don’t feel so confident inside. I am excited to be working with these people as they are aware of and open to the need to develop their inner confidence.Read more...

Quietly powerful was started as a movement to help quieter professionals to succeed on their own terms rather than having to ‘fix’ themselves (See Fixing people who don’t fit). The bigger intention behind the work was to challenge how we define what good leadership looks like.Read more...

Quietly Powerful was launched just over 12 months ago with two major aims: first, to strengthen and empower talented quieter professional women and second, to help to redefine what good leadership looks like.Read more...

I shared my views on the “double glazed glass ceiling” before for quieter professional women. There’s an extra glazing due to their quieter nature and society’s judgements about being quieter. If you are in another minority group – like being culturally diverse, LGBTI, older, younger, have a disability – it could be triple glazed or more…Read more...

... we might have a better chance of being heard.Read more...

Having just held the first ever global webinar on Quietly Powerful, I reflected on the challenge that is shared by so many from around the world – when we feel invisible or misunderstood as quieter professionals.Read more...

I recently had an interesting evening where I went to two unrelated, separate events and came away with the one message.Read more...

One of the frustrating things about being more introverted is that you get put into an ‘introvert’ box. Introverts are regularly stereotyped as:Read more...

Time and time again I hear people in organisations say they wished their leaders listened to them more.Read more...

Because it will burn you out. I’ve been there. I have heard from many people who have been there.Read more...

There is so much written about women’s lack of confidence. It’s become a ‘truth’ that men have more confidence than women.Read more...

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.Read more...

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