Who Am I?
I’m a sensitive and thoughtful person. I like stability, I like silence and I have a small group of very close friends who I am very loyal to. I’m also incredibly focused and very hard working.
Some of the words that have been used to describe me are aloof and frosty. I’ve been accused of being disengaged and lazy. I’ve been misunderstood as being uncaring, having a swinging brick instead of a heart. And the one that really hurts, I’ve been called weird.
I’m none of the latter but what I do know about myself is that I am an introvert. In fact according to Myers Briggs Personality Types I am 86% introverted. And being an introvert isn’t easy when you’re in the minority. It’s especially tricky being an introvert when you have ambitions for yourself in life and particularly at work, where the corporate culture is largely geared up for extroverts.
But it’s not impossible and I am the proof of that. I had a very successful sales career that spanned 33 years, and 20 of those were working for a tech company.
Was it easy? No. Did I struggle? Absolutely. Did I figure it out? Eventually I did. But in the process I had a lot of sleepless nights and I did a lot of navel gazing. And naturally as an introvert I did a lot of thinking. Thinking over and over again. Analysing my thoughts, trying to figure out just where I fitted in and how I could leverage my skills and unique personality traits to work for me rather than against me.
I figured it out and now I help other women embrace their introversion, identify their strengths and figure out their route into senior leadership.
Lesley Tait has a
- Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching from The Coaching Academy, backed by the International Coaching Federation.
- Lesley is also accredited to DISC Level 2 which is personality and behavioural analysis.
- Lesley is a certified Emotional Wellbeing Coach graduating from the Harmonizing Coach Training Academy.
About My Program
Who It Is For?
I work with female introverts in tech to help them be seen so that they can advance to senior leadership.
I’ll help you become visible, find your voice and showcase your talents in a way that feels authentic. I’ll help you get unstuck and move from your current management role into a senior leadership position.
By working with me, you will enter a process of evaluating your strengths and talents. You will become confident in self-promotion. You will build on your ability to communicate strongly. Become a great networker in a way that doesn’t drain your energy, and improve your personal branding so that others’ recognise your efforts.
Who It Is Not For?
- Women who are not serious about transforming their careers
- Women who are extroverts
- Women who have all the control and clarity in their life
- Women who are in a comfort zone with the stagnation of their lives and don’t want to challenge themselves.
- Women who can’t be honest with themselves.
- Get specific on exactly what’s holding you back
- Get clear about your motivations for progression
- What do you excel at
- Which bits need work
Now is your chance to offload. Take it because after this the only way is up. I know you don’t feel seen or heard. I know you want more for yourself at work and I know how frustrating and exhausting it is when you’re not being recognised for the value you bring. Take this opportunity to share your challenges, your goals, your AMBITIONS, and get crystal clear on why you want what you want and when you want it.
- Clarity on your goals
- Set timescales
- Key milestones
- Prioritise milestones
Begin with the end in mind. What do you want for yourself and what are the steps that are going to get you there? When do you want it and where do you start with all of this? We’re going to be super specific about your goals and timescales, so you can measure your progress and see tangible results. Not sure what they are? Don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for.
- Understand your core values
- Clarity on the values that drive your decisions & behaviours
- Know what you stand for
- Be motivated to take action
Leadership requires authenticity. You need to be really clear about who you are and what you stand for. No more flip flopping around trying on different personalities. At the very core of our behaviour and our decisions is our values. When we know our values we know our true north, and we are more self assured and confident. Knowing our values creates coherence between our decisions and our actions. It guides us along the path of success and it makes it a whole lot easier to take others with you.
Understanding & Embracing You
- Find your true leadership style
- Know your key strengths
- Understand your development areas
- Improve communication
- Understand your colleagues
- Make better informed decisions
- Discover your fears
- Find your motivations
You’re a people watcher. An observer. An intent listener. But sometimes you get distracted by peoples personalities. What makes them tick? Why do they gel with certain people? Why can’t you figure them out? We all have a leaning towards a personality type. Understanding yours and being aware of others is the people key you need to open up your understanding of others, your communication with others and building stronger relationships.
- Reduce stress
- Reduce exhaustion
- Maintain energy levels
- Power up for work & home
Back to back meetings, call after call, deadline after deadline. No wonder you’re feeling frazzled. That feeling that your head might explode is so familiar. Out with toxic work styles and in with some selfless planning. In this exercise you’ll discover what’s really draining your energy and the boundaries you need to thrive.
- Reframe negative beliefs
- Create a positive self perception
- Build confidence
- Build self-trust
- Reframe your outlook
So you want to be heard? You want to be seen as a leader? An assertive contributor who makes an impact. It all starts with you. How you see yourself is impacting your behaviour and it’s influencing others’ opinion of you. Time to shake off the voices in your head and turn the stories into an epic blockbuster.
- Present yourself in a way that is comfortable, accomplished & smart
- Raise your profile internally & externally
- Get clear on your value
- Get clear on your contribution
- Be skilled at showcasing your worth
- Be comfortable sharing your talents & strengths
Your stories, your bio, your elevator pitch and your accomplishments are an important part of your personal brand. But articulating that can be tricky, we introverts don’t like talking about ourselves. It feels icky, toe-curling and just wrong. But these are essential to creating a powerful consistent message that others can resonate with you. Step by step we’ll conquer this together.
- Daily/weekly/monthly habits linked to your specific goals
- Visibility tips
- Networking strategies
- Speaking tactics
Showing up daily, weekly and monthly is a non-negotiable if you want to reach your goals. I get it. You’ve struggled with this and you want to know what to do and how to do it. OK, we’ll take everything we’ve learnt so far and create your habits by leveraging your strengths and filling in the gaps where we need to. We’ll create habits built on your own terms, that are sustainable and will lead you down the path of success.
- Create your blueprint for success
- Unleash your potential
- Get noticed
- Make an impact
Now we’re talking! You’ve come so far, learned so much. You’re in a place of self acceptance and self trust. You’re clear on what you need to do and how you need to do it. Here we put that into a documented plan. This will be your blueprint for success, your pathway to promotion. It’s your time to shine!
- Progress check-in
- Q & A Support
- Additional coaching
I know even with the best intentions life sometimes gets in the way. That’s why we have a 4 week check in after your final session just to make sure you’re still on track. To make sure any bumps in the road haven’t thrown you off course and to give you that little confidence boost…if you need it!