Her Ambitious Career

Ep 105 - 'Introverted Leader: How to Tap Into Your Strengths Part 1', with guest Judith Sturman

September 12, 2023 Episode 105
Her Ambitious Career
Ep 105 - 'Introverted Leader: How to Tap Into Your Strengths Part 1', with guest Judith Sturman
Show Notes

Welcome to Her Ambitious Career, the personal branding and success podcast for ambitious corporate women who expect more from their careers.

My guest today is Judith Sturman, a leader with 30 years' experience, who is sharing her insights into becoming a successful introverted leader.

Despite most corporate cultures favouring an extroverted communication style (think presenting; being asked for your opinion on the spot; taking part in big group discussions), introverts can thrive professionally, and in leadership too.

Which is why Judith and I have come together for this 2-part series to discuss her thoughts and experiences around:

  • The bias of extroversion and introversion
  • How to be confident in sharing your opinions as an introvert
  • Techniques to involve everyone in a team discussion
  • How rotating a meeting-Chair can be beneficial to the whole team
  • The value of diversity (including both extroverted and introverted styles) and the ability to challenge thinking 
  • How collaborating and asking others for their input is a strength
  • The value of managing both up and down

Judith says:

"Being asked to contribute into meetings as an introvert can send your heart pounding. You might question whether what you have to say is important enough. But over my career, I had people who encouraged me to speak up and that's my advice: don't give up and share your value!"
  (Judith Sturman, guest on Her Ambitious Career podcast)


Guest Bio:

Judith Sturman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and after a number of graphic design roles, began a career spanning over 30 years in public transport.

At 45, Judith made the move to Australia where she has led teams across NSW, Victoria and ACT through change, reform and delivery of large projects. Judith works for Transport Canberra is also a director on the Public Transport Association Australia & New Zealand


Host Bio:

Rebecca Allen is a Career Success Coach for ambitious women looking to land dream career opportunities. She has worked over the last 14 years with clients from companies including ANZ Bank, NSW Transport, Aquila Capital, Reserve Bank of Australia, Goldman Sachs, Ministry of Defence, KPMG, J.P. Morgan and Coca-Cola Amatil and loves getting those excited phone calls from clients saying they’ve been promoted, have negotiated a seismic pay rise or have moved into a role completely aligned with their mission, values and strengths. Find Rebecca: www.illuminategrowth.com.au

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