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  Courtney L. Vien |   Free |   AICPA |   01 Apr 2016 |   Journal of Accountancy

This article provides tips for introverted leaders for networking, leading teams, speaking up at meetings, and raising your profile.

Topics covered:
  • Management accounting: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Management accounting: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Employee benefit plan auditing: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Employee benefit plan auditing: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Governmental auditing: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Governmental auditing: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Financial accounting & reporting: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Financial accounting & reporting: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Assurance: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Assurance: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Not-for-profit: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Not-for-profit: People: Communication, Foundational
  • IT management & assurance: People: Influence, Foundational
  • IT management & assurance: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Firm practice management: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Firm practice management: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Tax: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Tax: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Forensic & valuation services: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Forensic & valuation services: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Fair value measurement: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Fair value measurement: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Personal financial planning: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Personal financial planning: People: Communication, Foundational

8 Comments/Reflections

Jae yeon Oh

Jae yeon Oh Apr 2019

Good article and there were some interesting pointers I could use such as how to interject to voice my opinion in a fast-paced meeting or how to make networking events more comfortable and meaningful for myself by targeting a small number of influential individuals. Also noticed there were a few things that I already do like having a quiet time that I can work alone and recharge or preparing a few contributory facts / feedback prepared ahead of a meeting.
Michelle Walker

Michelle Walker Jan 2019

Good article
Jibei Qiu

Jibei Qiu Sep 2018

I am an introverts. I can not agree more for this articles. During the meetings, some people is very actively talking or can provide comments at the 1st place. I will tend to listen and think hard before react. this cause one disadvantage when the meeting pacing is fast and you might lose the chance to state your opinions. in such instances, we should really be self-aware. for important meeting with key stakeholders, come to the meeting with sufficient preparation and make sure you have good idea to share is a very good advice.

on the other hand, I think to build up relationship, have meaningful one on one meetings or conversations, set up on the calendar the target of small group socialization is what I could take back to me work and help me to gain better influence within the organization.
Ian Summerfield

Ian Summerfield Nov 2017

This article was useful and has given me further thoughts on how I can improve my interaction with colleagues and clients. I recognised some of my behaviours and the tips were useful. I will look out for further articles which can assist me.
Jason Chan

Jason Chan Nov 2016

This article really resonated with me. 

I was chairing a meeting several weeks ago with staff whom I usually do not work with directly. We discussed upcoming changes to our operations and being an introvert, I listened to their recommendations without overtly expressing my views. The meeting ended with me telling them that we would decide the next course of action in the following meeting. 

I later found out that my colleagues had expected me to voice my opinion and make the decision at the meeting. They were accustomed to working with an extroverted leader who did just that. By not doing so, they may have thought that I was not as strong or decisive.

The best advice from the article was that even if being an introvert meant that it was unnatural for me to speak in large meetings, make decisive decisions on the spot, or have the spotlight on me, there are things that I need to do deliberately to show that I am equally as strong. It is good advice to bear in mind that I am not doing it for myself. I am doing it for the good of the group and the company.  

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