Networking and Business tips for Introverted Leaders

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Morra Aarons-Mele on Scaling Up Business Podcast with Bill GallagherLeaders lead people, which means they have to show up with a certain level of energy to inspire others and get things done. How does this differ between introverted and extroverted leaders? And, how can we manage our respective energies to keep the fire lit without burning ourselves out? This week’s guest shares how to find the path that works for you and covers the ways you can manage your presence to truly enjoy your leadership.

Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of award-winning digital agency Women Online and The Mission List, a social change influencer database. She is an internet marketer who has helped launch online campaigns for world leaders and organizations including the United Nations, Malala Fund, Hillary Clinton for President, President Obama, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Morra is also the author of Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting
Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home).
Hiding in the Bathroom is a breakthrough
book written for achievement-oriented people who are introverted, anxious, or just plain
tired of the networking, deal-making, and the nonstop work culture we’ve come to see as the
norm. The book offers wisdom and practical tips to help readers build strong relationships and
achieve their own definition of professional success. Morra is also the host of the popular
podcast Hiding in the Bathroom.

On the show Morra shares how as an introvert, she wanted to grow her business but did not want to travel nor go out at night. She hates networking and, despite being a consultant, has travel anxiety. She wanted to build and grow her business on her own terms and made it her goal in 2016 to achieve it.

We have endless conversations about ‘crushing it’ and always saying yes, but for a lot of people, they’re just not built that way. Introverts might want to crush it and get out there, but it really zaps their energy and some of them, like Morra, have social anxiety. There simply wasn’t a roadmap for people who are introverts as well as leaders, which is why Morra decided to write her book.

Some of the world’s most successful people are introverts. It’s a total myth that introverts are all shy and quiet. Introversion has nothing to do with how people handle ambition or their social skills. Some people even have a hard time believing Morra is an introvert because of how funny she is and that she makes eye contact with people. Introverts can be those things! However, they do need to be more diligent about how they’re managing their energy.

Our culture is obsessed with entrepreneurship, obsessed with scaling up, but what’s motivating you to do those things? Are you trying to grow bigger and bigger for the wrong reasons? Sometimes, you need to stop and tune in to what YOU really want before you experience some sort of health or professional crisis.

It’s really important, no matter where you are in your career, to take a step back and see whether you’re truly happy. If you’re not, are there ways you can fix it so that you can have a more intentional business? Can you scale back? Work from home? Travel less?

The reality is, you CAN do work you love and do it on your own terms.


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Scaling Up is the best-selling book, by Verne Harnish and the team at Gazelles, on how the fastest growing companies succeed where so many others fail.My name is Bill Gallagher, host of the Scaling Up Business podcast and a leading business coach with a Gazelles. We help leadership teams to get the 4 Decisions around People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash right so that they can Scale Up successfully and beat the odds of business growth success. Our 4 Decisions are all part of the Rockefeller Habits 2.0 (from the original best-selling business book, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits).




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