Are you a more introverted leader? If you're like fifty percent of the population who identifies as introverts, you already know the struggle. In the West, it can be difficult for introverts to rise as leaders within organizations. They are constantly told to be more outgoing, happier, and better on-the-spot thinkers. Basically, they're encouraged to become extroverts.
Introvert Revolution confronts the cultural myth that extroversion is the only version of leadership, helping you grow more into the authentic leader you were meant to become. To be real, to be vulnerable, to be authentic is to let your true self be seen and known, to no longer hide as shame wants you to, but to dare greatly, to be courageous. This is the kind of authenticity we as introverted leaders need to pursue, not just for ourselves but for those we lead and serve. Get to know yourself better as an introvert and understand the biological differences that make you the way you are. Join the journey toward personal growth and self-acceptance. Learn how to become a more effective leader, doing so authentically and in harmony with the extroverted leaders around you. There is a brighter and more authentic future as a leader. It begins with personal revolution. It begins with you.
Andy Johnson is uniquely qualified not only to write this book but to help introverted leaders on this sometimes arduous journey to self acceptance. Andy is an introvert, a leader, an executive coach and a licensed counselor who blends all four of these dimensions in his writing and individual work with his clients. He's been married to his more extroverted wife for over twenty-seven years. He contributes regularly to his blog, Revolutionary Thoughts, on introvertrevolution.com and conducts two-day intensives for introverted leaders called Yin Leader Workshop. You can connect with Andy on LinkedIn, Google+ or follow him on Twitter @andyjohnsonPA.
"Introvert Revolution is an empowerment tool. By dissecting introversion into multiple theoretical and biological perspectives, Andy Johnson has
created an excellent vehicle to persuade the notoriously
hard-to-convince introverts that embracing introversion opens a treasure
trove of signature strengths just waiting to be embraced and developed.
It is an intellectually and experientially accessible book, providing a
combination of rationale, examples and exercises to explore and
overcome unconsciously internalized beliefs that can hold us back, like
shame and doubt. The exercises are not only good opportunities to value
individual differences but they enhance skills of mindfulness and
gratitude that reap positive benefits on their own accord." --Pamela
Rutledge, Ph.D., MBA, Director Media Psychology Research Center, Faculty
Fielding Graduate University
"This well researched and
compelling read makes the case for introverted leadership in a unique
way. Author Andy Johnson draws upon his own early career struggles
blended with case studies and hard science to help introverts draw upon
their authentic yin selves. He lays out a map for introverts to take
courageous and practical steps to ramp up their leadership game."
--Jennifer Kahnweiler, PhD, Author of "The Genius of Opposites"
Revolution is a clarion call to open the eyes and ears of introverts
and extroverts alike. In this bias busting book, Andy Johnson contends,
one of the biggest challenges lies in reframing perceived weaknesses as
strengths and allowing ourselves to reject culturally imposed standards
of leadership. Introverts contribute something important to the world as
leaders, as history attests. Johnson shares how they can do so
authentically, powerfully and even quietly amid our noisy world."
--Nancy Ancowitz, Author of "Self Promotion for Introverts"