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An Introvert's Journey to Leadership

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Many of us might agree that Western society lauds extroverted leaders and their accomplishments. However, introverts make great contributions and can be effective leaders, too. Many of us are introverts who may feel unsuited or unequipped for leadership, but are not sure how to take that next step to increase influence and improve visibility. Have you wondered how to empower yourself and leverage your innate skills to become a leader? Join Ben as he shares his personal insights and the path to leadership with you. He will describe his journey from shy team member to recognized leader, and share key steps he took and experiences that have helped him become a successful leader.

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An Introvert's Journey to Leadership

  1. 1. An Introvert’s Journey to Leadership STC SUMMIT MAY 16, 2016 BEN WOELK http://benwoelk.com/
  2. 2. Your Presenter Ben Woelk Former Director, STC; ISO Program Manager, Rochester Institute of Technology; Former Co-Chair, EDUCAUSE HEISC Awareness & Training Working Group; Security Guru; Introvert; INTJ; CISSP; Author of Shockproofing Your Use of Social Media: Staying Safe Online (Kindle) http://benwoelk.com/
  3. 3. I am an Introverted Leader http://benwoelk.com/ • Yes, I really am an introvert • My introversion informs my approach to leadership • I believe that self- understanding and leveraging introverts’ skills has made me a better leader
  4. 4. Key Points What is an introvert? How introvert strengths apply to leadership How I made it work for me Strategies http://benwoelk.com/
  5. 5. Extraverts Outer world of people and things Active, breadth of interest Live it and then understand it Reward seekers, Fame Reenergize by solar panels http://benwoelk.com/
  6. 6. http://benwoelk.com/ Introverts Inner world of ideas and impressions Depth of interest Thoughts, concepts Inwardly directed Reenergize by recharging
  7. 7. Strengths benwoelk.com
  8. 8. It's an Extraverted World benwoelk.com
  9. 9. What makes a good leader? benwoelk.com
  10. 10. My Leadership Journey benwoelk.com
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  16. 16. Community Leadership http://benwoelk.com/
  17. 17. Society Leadership http://benwoelk.com/
  18. 18. What Drives Me • Seeing gaps • Making a difference • Practicing servant leadership • Pursuing excellence • Competitive http://benwoelk.com/
  19. 19. • Small successes • Understanding introversion • Understanding how I communicate best • Taking an MBTI assessment benwoelk.com What has Helped Me
  20. 20. Where I’m Still Weak • I do not like conflict • Reticent when I should speak up! • Over analyze before starting • Competitive benwoelk.com
  21. 21. Day-to-Day Strategies • Network: stop avoiding events • Understand how you work best • Let others know how you process • Leverage social media • Communicate in multiple formats • Recharge! benwoelk.com
  22. 22. Where Do You Go from Here? • Get to know yourself. Take a Personality Assessment and DISC • Control your environment • Communicate your value • Leverage your introversion benwoelk.com
  23. 23. Resources http://benwoelk.com/ Jung Typology Test™ Humanmetrics.com
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  25. 25. Connect with Me! Ben.woelk@gmail.com @benwoelk https://www.linkedin.com/in/benwoelk https://www.facebook.com/ben.woelk 25http://benwoelk.com/