Introverted Leadership Toolkit
Managing Energy


What introverted leaders said about the challaging Energy in the workplace
Positive Approaches to Managing Energy
What introverted leaders said about how they Manage their Energy
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What introverted leaders said about how they Manage their Energy

  • “Listening to and being aware of how I am feeling and behaving. I try to counter the impact of the introversion on me and the situation by using visual imagery.”

  • “I pace my diary carefully. I need a whole day of time to myself every week in order to be able to successfully carry out my leadership role.”

  • “Diary management by a good PA. Putting in spaces that look like meetings but allow me some ‘my time’.”

  • “I hold as few meetings as possible and keep them short and to purpose.”

  • “Allowing myself time alone following extrovert time.”

  • “I made sure that I could ‘escape’ frequently during the day, and often went to a coffee shop in the hospital where it was relatively quiet. I found this better than trying to take this down-time in my office, in that people would often want to see me if I stayed in my office. I made sure that I got a good lunch break each day, and would often go for a walk or go to the local gym.”

  • “I enjoy swimming, trampolining, dancing, singing along to music in the car - I can do them ‘on my own’ and disappear inside my head. These are better ways for me to relax than, for example, playing tennis which requires me to make a social effort as well.”

  • “I have worked hard to reduce travel.”

  • “Working at home more, rather than going in to the noisy, open plan office where I'm based. I make sure I go there periodically to not be ‘cut off’ completely - but I now have a much better balance. If I am in the office, booking meeting rooms to do ‘quiet’ work, or to hold telephone conversations.”

  • “At various times I have worked full-time but I believe I am more effective and better value for money for the organisation if I work parttime. This gives me more time for reflection so I have more energy and focus at work rather than being driven by my diary and in-tray.”