There has been a surge in the marketplace since Susan Cain came out with her book, Quiet, in 2012. All of a sudden, seemingly overnight, it became acceptable—even desirable—to be introverted. Wharton professor, Adam Grant, has noted that from one year to the next, the number of students in his class, saying that they were introverted rose significantly due to the powerful influence of this book. Now, many other authors are tackling the subject. Canadian leadership coach, Lesley Taylor, shows, in compelling fashion, how introverts can be fabulous leaders, and should not underestimate themselves. Taylor’s book takes a coach approach, encouraging introverts to find their life’s purpose and share their passion. She ties in numerous solid models, such as Jim Collin’s “Level 5 Leadership”, the Thomas-Kilman Conflict Inventory and Peter Senge’s work on personal mastery—applying all of this to introverts. Taylor ends with a call to action for introverts to share their strengths, come together and create supportive communities that allow everyone to shine. If you are feeling alone as an introvert, don’t wait for this book (or any other book on introversion) to arrive in the mail. There are other introverts nearby—though they may be hard to distinguish, since many introverts have becomes skilled at acting like extroverts in order to be noticed, establish a personal brand and succeed in their field. Remember that introverts exist in every endeavour and career. Find, them, and together you’ll be stronger.
– Lisa Sansom, MAPP
Review in the Nov/Dec 2016 – Volume 18 – Issue 8 – Your Workplace Magazine
As an introvert in a leadership role, I was excited when UBC alumna Lesley Taylor agreed to lead a webinar for her fellow grads on the topic of Leading as an Introvert in an Extroverted World. It was helpful for me to learn the important role that work environment plays in my career success. It was also inspiring to learn that introverts can develop some extroverted skills when needed and that in today’s career climate introversion is a professional asset. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from Lesley and I can’t wait to read her book!
– Michele Murphy
Alumni Career Educator, alumniUBC
In The Dynamic Introvert, leadership coach Lesley Taylor artfully integrates findings from a variety of sources, providing fresh perspective on what it means to be a leader, and presents her insights in a clear and accessible manner. Taylor demonstrates the best qualities of introvert leaders: she helps the reader access his or her own style, passion and sense of purpose, and to build from there. Generous with tips and tools for self-exploration, The Dynamic Introvert is a smart and refreshing alternative to society’s standard ‘get out there’ and ‘just do it’ advice.
– Laurie Helgoe, Ph.D.
Author of Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength
Awesome and insightful book!
I resonate with Lesley’s message and her leadership approach is aligned with mine. Lesley has a great understanding of workplace culture, employee relationships, different personality types, and team building. The book is insightful, empowering, easy to follow and has many resources for introverts as they move along their leadership journey.
If you are ready to step up and lead by using your natural quiet traits you need this book!
–Faris Khalifeh – Quiet Leadership Coach