Embrace Solitude

By Dr. Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D.

When do you come up with your most creative ideas? If you are like me, it is NOT when you are sitting in meetings or parked on conference calls.”  All this forced collaboration gives us little time to pause and reflect.

More likely, you are driving in the car, running on the treadmill,  spacing out in the shower or even awake in the middle of the night.

Introverted leaders embrace solitude and are energized by spending time alone. These regular timeouts actually fuel their thinking, creativity and decision-making and, when the pressure is on, help them be responsive, not reactive. When introverts honor that inner pull, they often do their best work. Introverts have taught me to allow for these spaces of quiet and calm.

I keep notepads and paper everywhere so when I get an idea I can jot it down. However, I am still waiting for the waterproof post it note pad for the shower.


One Response to “Embrace Solitude”

  1. Dr. Kahnweiler: I, too, seem to attract ideas during those solitary moments late night or while daydreaming. I note my dreams in a log, because sometimes there is a common thread weaving through them that coalesces into a solution to a problem I didn’t know I had. You might keep a digital voice recorder handy.

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