“Where Are You?”: Secret Sauce of Introverts


Portrait of Mildred Bailey, Carnegie Hall(?), ...

Portrait of Mildred Bailey, Carnegie Hall(?), New York, N.Y. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Indulge me while we imagine vinyl spinning Mildred Bailey’s song, “Where Are You?”, and please do put your feet up and enjoy some cool lemonade. There now. I’m about to get feisty.

Yes, I said ‘secret sauce’. I want a turn with the buzz word. Full disclosure: I am an introvert. Extroverts are fun and all, but it turns out introverts bring their own secret sauce to the executive suite. (Okay, I’ll stop with the secret sauce references.)

Ask good questions. Practice on yourself. Mildred Baily asks, “Where are you?”, and this is a great question for self check-ins. Introverts do this often. We tend to spend a lot of time in our heads, reflecting. If I am stressed or unhappy, healthy questions remind me of who I am, what energizes me, what I value. Strengthen your core with good questions.

Care less about the crowd. Know your unique power. Look, it is exhausting trying to be, do, think what you imagine you should. Rather, be informed of what is current, know what is relevant, and sell, serve, iterate yourself. Hire out the rest.

Fun. Remember that? Fun is still there for you. You may have been busy with someone else’s version of fun. Not a bad thing, but your soul needs sprinklings of what you delight in or fatigue sets in. Where are you, that you that you used to love? Charismatic leaders know fun.

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