Touchstones for Introvert Bosses

Did you know that the head of the Campbell Soup Company is an introvert? Douglas Conant, president and CEO of the company, just wrote a story for his Harvard Business Review blog to help introvert bosses work better in an organization and manage perceptions about themselves. In the story, titled “Are You an Introverted Boss?” Conant shares his personal observations about navigating a leadership role as an introvert. They include finding time to think, remembering that introverts aren’t necessarily as aloof as they appear, and the benefit of touchstones that create a feeling of familiarity and comfort.

Incidentally, in my book, Self-Promotion for Introverts®, Michael Rees, a professor of sculpture and digital media at William Paterson University, says this about touchstones, “It’s important to have quiet moments of meditation and touchstones to remind you who you are. These touchstones can be people, places, or things. They may not be important to others because their importance is the meaning you ascribe to them, which is so personal.”

While we’re on “touch” words that will help you lead and succed, Conant is about to release a book he co-authored with Mette Norgaard titled TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments. Sounds like an um, um must read!

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