UCLA Extension

Why Introverts Make Great Leaders

Course No. A4, Period 1

Introverts comprise one-third to one-half of the US population and, in some industries, they can be the majority of workers.  So, why are Introverted leaders and employees still feeling the pressure to conform to the Extrovert Ideal?

This highly creative and insightful course will debunk stereotypes, highlight the strengths of Introverts, and offer winning strategies for Introverted leaders and employees to feel more authentic, expressive, and effective in their roles.  Introverts will take pride in knowing they make exceptional and powerful leaders, and Extroverts will understand the tremendous value that Introverts bring to the workplace.

Extroverted leaders will also learn best practices on how to set the stage for Introverts to do their best work.  This practical and interactive course will address how organizations can benefit from being more inclusive of their Introverted employees.  Introverts will learn to respect and leverage their unique talents that position them for more fulfilling work experiences and promotional opportunities.

wolfe_deniseDenise Wolfe, PhD

President, Legacy In Action, Inc.

Denise Wolfe is a highly sought after Executive Coach and Organization Transformation Consultant with 25 years of experience.  She has held management positions in different a industries and consults to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Wolfe focuses on capacity-building and inspiring leadership at all levels.  Some of her areas of specialization include: executive presence, strategic planning, innovation, navigating change, influence and persuasion, high-performing teams, leveraging diversity, organizational politics, and legacy building.

A partial list of her clients are: Starbucks, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, The Walt Disney Co., Deloitte, Comcast NBCUniversal, Neutrogena, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Los Angeles Times, Southern California Edison, Sempra Energy, ARCO, Nissan, Discovery Channel, Glaxo SmithKline, Novartis, Eli Lilly and Co., Marsh & McLennan, Allianz Global Investors, Cedars-Sinai, City of Hope, Taco Bell, Federal Aviation Administration, United States Postal Service, and over 20 departments within the Los Angeles County system.


I have spent a lot of my career being told I should act more extroverted. This class affirmed my decision a few years ago to be myself-pushing myself but not being someone that I am not. I intend to take this material back to my organization to start a conversation about how introverts and extroverts operation and use it to help me in developing my employees- rather than telling them to become extroverts like I was.”
– Debbie Callahan, Associate Division Leader, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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