Introverted Leadership Toolkit
Managing Energy
The Perceptions of Others
Managing Your Profile
Leading Teams
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Networking and Socialising
Self Perception
Personal Space
What introverted leaders said about the challenges of needing Personal Space
Positive Approaches to creating Personal Space
What introverted leaders said about creating Personal Space
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What introverted leaders said about creating Personal Space

  • “I try very hard to find space. It is all about time management and diary management. When I was Head [of a school] I worked on two sites. In one I had a room beyond the library, nobody ever went to find me there so I could withdraw.”

  • “Because I am an introvert I am good at giving people space when they need it because I know I like it.”

  • “Being open with colleagues so they understand that I need space on my own to reflect and recharge batteries.”

  • “I am highly organised, which means I can plan when I need to work with others and when I can work from home/the train.”

  • “I need to build in reflection time and private space, especially during a busy project. I try to ensure a mix of work involving quiet analysis and report writing alongside large meetings and customer-facing work. I keep weekends free from work to allow for recovery time and reflection. I try to be more assertive on the need to have a lunch break and a cut off at a reasonable time in the evening on busy projects.”

  • “I think my introversion makes me better at reflection, analysis and contemplation. It means I'm less wrapped up in the superficial social/political side of work. It drives me to create personal space to see the bigger picture and to think through strategies.”

  • “I like to work quietly at evenings and weekends - where I do my thinking.