26 September 2023

Quietly Powerful

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

By Megumi Miki, Major Street Publishing, $29.95.

Don’t ever feel that just because you are a quiet person you do not have the ability to take on a leadership role. That’s the message from Miki, an author/speaker|/facilitator, on leadership/culture/diversity.

As she points out, getting comfortable with the various aspects of ourselves, including evolving can take time, effort and care. She aims to empower quieter professionals and those outside majority groups to fulfill their potential.

“It can also be exciting and rewarding as we start to notice the transformation within ourselves and the positive impact on others. Being quietly powerful gives us greater ability to contribute our unique talents, make a difference to people and make our lives more meaningful and fulfilling.”

The Quietly Powerful teaches you that far from being a weakness, your quieter nature can be an advantage in the workplace. Quieter professionals, who are often overlooked or taken advantage of without recognition, have immense value to contribute to organisations.

In this book, Miki shares her own experience and those of many other quiet professionals who have achieved great success in the business environment.

Megumi believes that a shift in our beliefs about leadership will allow talented quiet professionals to view their tranquil nature as a strength and to succeed in their own way, rather than seeing it as a disadvantage.

Miki helps leaders to inspire, not just drive performance, change and growth. She helps leaders and organisations to unlock dormant potential by evolving to be smart together, rather than on our own. This requires leadership and culture that allows a diverse range of people to fully contribute their unique talents for the greater good. It is one of the most difficult to replicate competitive advantage for organisations, especially in the volatile and disruptive environment we are in.

“It is my sincere wish that together we can shake the world gently to make a difference.”

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