“You don’t look like an introvert” was a statement made to the author whilst at a networking event, and she thought to herself, what on earth is an introvert supposed to look like…
Many misconceptions exist about what introversion is, and this was just one of them. These misconceptions can lead to people having an unfavourable, unconscious bias towards those who identify as introverts when it comes to developing talent in the workplace. The challenges women face getting to senior leadership roles is well documented, and for the introverted woman who, dealing with those challenges, along with the challenges many face as introverts, can make the leadership journey even more difficult.
However, just because someone is not loud and gregarious, it does not mean that they are not great, effective leaders. This book addresses many of the challenges that introverted women face as leaders and shows how these challenges can be overcome. Some of the challenges are due to the self limiting beliefs they hold about themselves, or they may be as a result of unfavourable bias and misconceptions about what introversion is, or they may be a combination of both.
Quietly Visible is written from the perspective of the lived experience of the author (herself an introvert), her clients, her research, and the many, many introverted women across the globe who regularly share their experiences and challenges with her.
Known as The Coach for High Achieving Introverted Women, Carol Stewart is an Executive, Career and Business Coach and founder of Abounding Solutions, with over 25 years’ coaching and leadership experience. She helps women (with a particular emphasis on introverted women) to be great leaders and to lead with influence and impact. She also provides workshops, training and talks to corporate gender networks and BAME (Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority) networks on career development, personal development, and leadership development, and she is a leadership team facilitator.
She has provided coaching, training and talks to organisations such as Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays, Asurion, Department of Health, NHS England, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), Westminster City Council, Crown Prosecution Service, Metropolitan Police Service, London Borough of Croydon, London Borough of Waltham Forest, London Borough of Lambeth and more, as well as coaching private clients.
Carol was named as one of Britain’s Top 50 Business Advisers in 2015 by Enterprise Nation, a LinkedIn Top Voice UK in 2017, 2018 and 2019, a We Are The City Rising Star Champion in 2018 for her work helping women to develop in their careers, and she was listed as one of Britain’s most influential Black Christian women in 2019 by Keep the Faith Magazine.
Prior to starting her coaching business, Carol worked for the Ministry of Justice. Starting in one of the most junior roles, she progressed to a senior role with responsibility for the operation of a group of magistrates’ courts where she was also a member of the Local Criminal Justice Board for four London boroughs.
Carol is a semi-regular columnist for the Sheffield Telegraph, a weekly newspaper established in 1855, and has also written for several other publications. She volunteers her time mentoring women business owners in developing countries for the Cherie Blair Foundation, volunteers for the Kreative Culture Club, a youth charity that provides services to help develop young people in the local community (having previously been Chair of the Board of Trustees), she is a school governor, and leads the Marketplace Ministry at her church.
Please see this link for further information about Carol’s work: https://aboundingsolutions.com/