Six Strengths of Quiet Influencers

quietInfluenceTime for Chapter 2 of “Quiet Influence; The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference” by Jennifer Kahnweiler.  She’s an extrovert who does a lot of coaching of introverts.  I thought that might be an interesting perspective.

Kahnweiler starts Chapter 2, “The Six Strengths of Quiet Influencers”, quotes Webster’s dictionary on influence as “the capacity or power of persons to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behaviors, and opinions of others”.  She notes that influencers aren’t just heads of state or CEOs of major corporations.  All of us are or can be influencers in the world we move through, whether it’s leading co-workers, or dealing with our children, we would like to think that we are having a positive effect on our family, community, school, church or workplace.

She then goes on to mention some quiet influencers, like Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, and other quiet influencers throughout history.  Kahnweiler makes you think about quiet influence and how that differs from extrovert influence.  The key for quiet influencers to succeed is that they leverage these six introvert strengths:

Introvert Strengths:

  • Taking quiet time
  • Preparation
  • Engaged Listening
  • Focused Conversations
  • Writing
  • Thoughtful Use of Social Media

The rest of the chapter, which will be in a coming blog, talks about why these are strengths.  Chapter 3 brings a test of your level of each strength.  The remainder of the chapters in the book deal with each of the strengths in turn, with a broader definition of each one, ideas of how the strength can be expanded, with exercises and ideas on putting it into play in your life.  I haven’t read ahead yet.  We’ll discover each strength together.

Previous blogs:

1. Quiet Influence for Introverts

2. What Shapes Introverts

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 Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another.  Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.

13 thoughts on “Six Strengths of Quiet Influencers

  1. Wow. I do all those things. And I really really really hate it when I don’t get “engaged listening” in return. And preparation! Wow…very much enjoying this, thanks!

      • I have experienced a lot of frustration in my working life because I am always extremely prepared and skillful at setting up communication and information on Social Media (including education sites like Blackboard). Over all, in my experience, very few people even care about this. I set up Facebook for my business communication classes for those students who wanted to use it and was actually called out for it. Most people seem to think all communication is face-to-face, voice-to-voice (extrovert style) and in teams. But there is a real advantage for everyone having information available in non-aural formats. Reading this list was a real eye-opener.

    • If I could be anyone, it would be Erma Bombeck. She held the mirror up in front of us, showed us our own foibles, got us laughing at ourselves and changing some of our silly ways. She also made us love each other more, I think.

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