Discussion Questions for Book Clubs, Meet Up Groups and Classrooms
Book clubs are booming! They are popping up in businesses, in the community and in classrooms. And there is a good reason for this growing interest in book clubs. When we learn together and discuss our ideas our knowledge retention increases as much as 70%. Book clubs are also a creative approach to leadership development. They provide readers with the opportunity to practice speaking in a safe environment, develop group discussion skills and share in the organizing and facilitating of meetings.
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CHAPTER 1 — INTROVERTS ARE QUIET LEADERS
- What does leadership mean to you?
- Do you think leaders are born or are they “made”?
- Can you think of a time in your life when being an introvert proved to be an advantage?
- How has our understanding of and beliefs about leadership changed in the past 50 years?
- What is conscious introversion?
- What are some of the strengths that introverts bring to their role as leaders?
- How can introverts find the “courage” to stand up and speak out when necessary?
CHAPTER 2 — THE POWER OF INTROVERTED LEADERS
- What are some outdated beliefs about the leadership potential of introverts?
- What did Professor Adam Grant and his colleagues discover about personality type and leadership effectiveness?
- What is a role model? In what way are role models important for leaders?
- Who are your role models? What have you learned from them?
- What does “finding your voice” mean in terms of leadership?
- Which parts of The Dynamic Introvert resonated most strongly with you? Were there parts you disagreed with—and why?
CHAPTER 3 – THE ENERGY EQUATION
- Why is personal energy management important for introverts?
- How does a typical introvert like to recharge?
- What do you do to manage your energy?
- What are some unique challenges that introverts have when it comes to managing their personal energy?
- What happens when we overextend or let our “batteries” run down? Are there consequences for our health?
- Why is it important for leaders to understand and manage their energy?
CHAPTER 4 – PERSONAL BRANDING AND SELF PROMOTION FOR INTROVERTS
- What does “your brand is your reputation” mean?
- What is charisma and why are leaders expected to be charismatic?
- What role does charisma plays in leadership? Can introverts be charismatic?
- What is networking and why is it an important leadership skill?
- List 5 things that you can do to prepare for your next networking event?
- What is the difference between a mentor and a coach?
CHAPTER 5 – THE INTROVERTED LEADER ADVANTAGE
- Why should organizations recognize, develop and promote introverts?
- Describe the introverted leader advantage according to Professor Adam Grant.
- Explain what “employee engagement” means and why it is important for organizations to engage introverts.
- What does “organizational culture” mean and what type of culture would attract introverts?
- What is “onboarding” and how can organizations ensure their onboarding programs reflect the needs of introverts?
- Identify 3 group techniques that make it possible for participants to pause and think before they speak.
- How can diversity programs be expanded to help all employees understand and accept the different personality types?
CHAPTER 6 – YOUR PERSONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PLAN
- What are the 5 elements of a Personal Leadership Development Plan (PLDP)?
- What are three additional things that you could include in your PLDP?
- How does self-awareness contribute to being an authentic leader?
- Explain why “taking time for quiet reflection” is an important leadership skill.
CHAPTER 7 – THE QUIET REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN
- Discuss the benefits of belonging to a community of introverts.
- Susan Cain calls for a Quiet Revolution. Would you like to see this kind of movement take place, and if so, what is the #1 change you’d like to see happen?