A lot of people shy away from leadership positions because they feel they are not outgoing or outspoken enough to be a leader. Because of this, introverts have a hard time identifying themselves as leaders.
Our guest in this episode shares with us why softly and quietly leading is a superpower. With her book, Quietly Powerful Leadership, Megumi Miki spreads the message of how quieter professionals can thrive on their own terms and be comfortable in their own skin.
Join us as we delve into redefining what good leadership looks, sounds, and feels like.
- Cultural conditioning of not speaking up (2:36)
- Being a naturally quiet person makes it harder to be outspoken (5:33)
- Softly and quietly leading is a superpower (6:24)
- Introverts come in all different shapes and sizes (10:25)
- The Quietly Powerful movement (11:33)
- Valuing the quieter style of leading (12:22)
- Challenging the belief of what good leadership looks like (13:07)
- Key attributes of quietly powerful leaders (14:09)
- Being comfortable with yourself (15:28)
- Being present as a leader (15:35)
- Desire for purpose instead of desire for power (17:20)
- Will children be able to celebrate their quietness? (18:20)
- Appreciating ourselves fully (22:40)
- Loosening up our definition of strengths and weaknesses (22:50)
- Adapt purposefully (23:10)
- Acting out of character (23:35)
- The power of visualization (24:50)
- Going back to your purpose (27:06)
- Operating from a place of values (28:59)
Your Host Lisa Evans is one of Australia’s leading Executive Public Speaking Coaches and Corporate Storytelling Trainers. If you would like help with training your team in soft skills, public speaking and business storytelling, get in touch with Lisa.
About Megumi Miki
Megumi Miki is an author, speaker and consultant in leadership, culture and diversity and inclusion, with a background in strategy, economics and finance. With a client list including NAB, Roche, JBWere, DHHS and smaller for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, Megumi challenges the status quo in leadership to unlock the hidden talent and collective potential. She is the author of Start inspiring, stop driving: Unlock your team’s potential to outperform and grow and Quietly Powerful: How your quiet nature is your hidden leadership strength.The Quietly Powerful book has received the Australian Career Book Award for 2020 from RSA Oceania and Best Leadership Book of 2020 from the Australian Business Book Awards. Megumi has appeared on a range of media, including Radio National’s ‘This Working Life’, The Australian Newspaper’s ‘The Deal’ magazine, The Growth Faculty’s Book Club, TickerTV and numerous podcasts.