Introverts and leadership

Ben Woelk

How does an introvert lead? Introverts don’t fit the stereotypical leadership model in management literature. They’re often unaware of their introvert strengths and how to maximize them in the workplace, much less become leaders. However, Cain, Laney, Kahnweiler, and others have increased our understanding of introversion and how it impacts leadership styles.

This course will explore the recent literature on introversion and the workplace, tools and techniques for discovering introvert strengths, and strategies for leveraging them. Students will identify success factors for introverts in leadership roles and will develop action plans for individual development.

The course combines five weeks of readings and other resources, online discussions, interviews with introverted leaders, and short reflection papers with a virtual workshop on improving verbal communication skills through improvisational exercises.

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Date: January 2023

Cost: 495,00 + tax

About This course

This course will explore the recent findings on introversion and the workplace, tools and techniques for discovering introvert strengths, and strategies for leveraging them.

Students will identify success factors for introverts in leadership roles and will develop action plans for individual development.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

In this course, you will learn:

  • To develop knowledge of recent literature on introversion and the workplace
  • To develop understanding of introvert strengths
  • To apply introvert strengths to leadership
  • To improve verbal communication skills as leaders
  • To develop individual strategies for leadership development

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

Live online sessions on Zoom.

COURSE OUTLINE

Week 1: Introduction—What are introversion and extroversion
Week 2: Identifying and leveraging introvert strengths
Week 3: Success factors for introverts in leadership roles
Week 4: Improvisation and communication for leaders
Week 5: Action plan for further leadership development

WHO'S IT FOR

Introverts seeking to develop self understanding of the strengths and weaknesses, introverts who want to grow in leadership, extroverts who want to better understand introverts in the workplace.

MEET THE COURSE LEADERS

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Ben Woelk, CISSP, CPTC, is the Governance, Awareness, and Training Manager for the Information Security Office at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he’s developed a leading information security awareness program. Ben is a member and former co-chair of the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Security Awareness and Training Working Group of the Higher Education Information Security Council. Ben is a past president of the Society for Technical Communication.

He holds the CISSP (#379414), CPTC, is a CPTC trainer, and is ITIL v3 certified. Ben holds degrees from the University of Florida, Trinity International University, and the University of Rochester, and an Advanced Certificate in Technical Information Design from RIT. Ben is adjunct faculty at RIT, teaching classroom and online courses in Computing Security Fundamentals and Technical Communication.

Prior to joining RIT, Ben provided technical communications and change management consulting to a number of area Fortune 500 companies. His current interests include working with other security awareness practitioners to develop effective security awareness programs and providing mentoring and coaching to new and aspiring introverted leaders, and speaking and presenting workshops on introverted leadership, creating security awareness programs, and technical communication.

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