Quiet Leadership for Intrepid Introverts
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Quiet Leadership for Intrepid Introverts

The practical guide on leadership for introverts
4.2 (5 ratings)
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Created by Dr Pablo F German
Last updated 12/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Lead high performing teams by winning their hearts and minds
  • Be a leader that makes a difference while reaching your full potential
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  • Understand whether you are an introvert or an extrovert (you can take online tests if you are not sure)

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If you are an introvert and you want to develop your leadership skills and become a leader, this course if for you. We will cover the most important topics for you to start your leadership journey. First, we will see how leadership and being an introvert relate to each other. Then you will learn the most important characteristics of effective leaders. You will also get the first tools to get you started with a leadership project and we will move that project forward by studying teamwork. Along the way you will learn several important concepts and frameworks that will become part of your leadership toolbox.

The leadership style taught in this course is service leadership which seeks to apply leadership to make a difference in other people's lives and at the same time develop your own leadership potential. This course will prepare you for a journey that is not easy but it is definitely worth it!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for introverts that want to become effective leaders
  • This course is not suitable for people that prefer to use fear and/or forceful authority as their leadership style
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Curriculum For This Course
38 Lectures
Leadership and You
10 Lectures 38:12

Welcome to the course! This is a very brief summary of what the course will cover and why I am so enthusiastic about helping introverts like me reach their full potential.

Preview 04:14

28 questions

In this lecture I tell you a story of what happened when I became the CEO of a volunteer organization. Leadership is not easy but with the right tools and a willingness to overcome obstacles you can make a great difference as the story proves.

A warning tale on leadership

In this lecture we look at the evidence that introverts can be good leaders. The main points are:

-There are plenty of examples of introverted people that are great leaders.

-A study by Adam Grant showing that introverts are as good leaders as extroverts are.

-Other people may not see introverts as leadership material so we have to work harder.

Can introverts be good leaders?

In this activity you will draw from your own experience as a leader and as a follower.

Activity: your leadership experience

In this lecture you will see that you have significant leadership experience and that leadership is everywhere, not just the role of people with titles of CEO. The main points of this lecture are:

-An entertaining story of a can of paint being dropped on the floor to illustrate that leadership is everywhere.

-My own list of examples when I have been a leader and when I have been led.

You are a leader

Although we often talk about introverts as if that would describe our whole personalities, the truth is that not all introverts are the same. In this lecture we look at

-The six personality factors in which researchers use to study personality.

-In particular, the honesty/humility is personality factor is key for this course. This can also be expressed as givers and takers.

-This course will be useful for introverts that are high in the honesty/humility factor (that means introverts that are honest and humble) but not for introverts that are low in this factor.

Not all introverts are the same

In this lecture you will have a first introduction to the meaning of service leadership, which is the leadership style proposed in this course. We look at:

-Leadership examples from the TV series Game of Thrones to illustrate which leaders in this series practice service leadership and which leaders do not.

-How ambition should be combined with contribution.

-Being a leader is not about you, it is about the people you will serve. So do strive to become a leader!

The essence of effective leadership and what Game of Thrones has to do with it

Being introverts it is quite common that we are overlooked for leadership positions. In order not to be overlooked sometimes we will have to cross the line and act a bit outside of our comfort zone. In this lecture we look at the three things you will need to be able to do that:



-Seizing the opportunity

Don't be overlooked

Hopefully the fact that the world is not a fair place is not news to you. You will have to fight to become a leader and in this lecture you will learn five qualities you will need in order to give them a good fight:





-Capacity to tolerate conflict

The world is not a fair place

Rate yourself in ambition, energy, confidence, empathy and capacity to tolerate conflict. Use the results to think about what you can do to improve your chances to become a leader.

Leadership self-assessment I: are you ready to be a leader?
5 questions
Characteristics of Effective Leaders
5 Lectures 18:58

In this activity you will draw from your own experience in writing down:

-The characteristics of effective leaders

-The characteristics of leaders that are not so effective

Activity: characteristics of effective leaders

All effective leaders have five behaviors in common and you will learn these five behaviors in this lecture:

-Have a vision and share it with others

-They are role models

-Challenge assumptions

-Empower others

-Recognize others and celebrate victories

Preview 05:21

In this lecture you will see how the behaviors of effective leaders are based on what people need to feel fulfilled working in a team environment:





What people need at work

Did you think the number one personal quality to be a leader was to be an extrovert? This lecture will show you that is a misconception. You will learn the four personal qualities people seek in a leader to follow them voluntarily:





The mumber one personal quality that will surprise you

How is it possible that there are so many leaders out there that are not effective yet they are still leaders? In this lecture we look at the difference between formal authority and earned authority so you strive for the latter. The main points in this lecture are:

-Formal authority

-Earned authority

-An example of both types of authorities at play

Formal authority vs earned authority

In this self-assessment you will rate yourself in your ability to practice the 5 behaviors of effective leadership: 1) have a vision and share it with others, 2) be a role model and set the example with your own behavior, 3) challenge assumptions and try new things, 4) empower others by delegating, supporting and trusting them, 5) recognize others and celebrate victories.

Once you get the results you can decide in which areas you want to work to improve.

Leadership self-assessment II: how well do you practice the 5 behaviors?
5 questions

In this leadership self-assessment you will rank yourself according to the four personal qualities that people desire in a leader: honest, forward looking, competent, and inspiring.

Leadership self-assessment III: do you have the four personal qualities?
4 questions
Leadership in Action
5 Lectures 20:47

To learn anything you have to practice it. If you want to develop leadership skills you will have to practice leadership. In this activity you will decide on a leadership project for you to work on. Three areas are suggested for you to look for leadership opportunities:

-At work

-At volunteer organisations

-At home.

Activity: choose a leadership project

Vision and vision statement are terms that are commonly used in management books, but their meaning is sometimes confusing. In this lecture we look at:

-What a vision is

-How to create your vision

-How to write down your vision in a vision statement

Creating the vision

Once you have your vision, it is time to narrow down the scope of what your team is going to do by describing the mission. In this lecture we look at:

-Difference between vision and mission

-The elements of a mission statement

-Examples of mission statements

Describing the mission

Core values is a termed commonly used, but in the context of service leadership and making a difference in the world, the value created by your team is not the same as the guiding principles that people usually call values. This will become more clear during the lecture where we discuss:

-Difference between core values and guiding principles

-Examples of organizational core values

-How to discover your core values

Discovering the core value/s

You have your vision, mission, and values. It is time to form a team of people that will be committed as you are to your vision. How do you do that? That is what you will learn in this lecture:

-Identify all of the stakeholders and the ones that may be in favour

-Contact them and share your vision

-Appeal to common ideals

Preview 04:39
Working in Teams
18 Lectures 58:09

In this activity you will write down your own ideas about:

-Why it is a good idea to work in teams

-Why sometimes it is not a good idea

Activity: advantages and disadvantages of working in teams

Now you can compare your own list with what experience and research have suggested in terms of:

-Advantages of working in teams

-Disadvantages of working in teams

-The need for balance

Here's why teams are a good idea

We all know when a team is working well as a team. It is not rocket science. Use your own experience to write down what you think are the characteristics of effective teams.

Activity: characteristics of effective teams

In this lecture we look at the characteristics of effective teams that you will be able to compare with your own thoughts from the previous activity. We look at three areas:


-Team members and how they communicate


This is how effective teams work

Teams have a life cycle. In this lecture we look at the five stages that form the life cycle of a team:






Preview 04:15

In this lecture we look at the first stage of team development where the main purpose is creating trust. You will learn how to create trust among team members and towards you:

-Team building activities

-Face to face interactions

-Letting them know who you are

-Letting some people go if they don't fit the team

Forming: creating trust is a must

Moving to the second stage of team development where conflict is predominant. You will learn five ways to address a conflict and why only one of those should be used in an effective team:






Storming: conflict is good!

Which strategy you use to solve a conflict will depend on your attitude to conflict and how you bring that conflict to the surface. The three attitudes are:




Storming II: how to bring conflict to the surface

One specific type of conflict is coaching a team member that is not performing at high standards. In this lecture we look at how to approach the situation:

-Do some research

-Meet in a private place and create a positive environment

-Apply the PSAFR framework: Problem, Solution, Agree on actions, Follow up, Recognize

Storming III: coaching someone to improve performance

Storming IV: the leader being challenged

Norming: the team gets organized

Norming II: action strategy and action plan

Norming III: delegate to empower

Norming IV: facilitating effective meetings

Performing: executing the action plan

Performing II: keeping your team motivated

Performing III: giving feedback

About the Instructor
Dr Pablo F German
4.5 Average rating
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2,905 Students
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Scientist, public speaker, entrepreneur.

Dr Pablo F German is a scientist, an award-winning public speaker, and entrepreneur. He has held leadership positions in several volunteer organisations and loves helping other people make a difference.