Quietly Powerful: Unlocking your Hidden Leadership Superpower

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Quietly Powerful: Unlocking your Hidden Leadership Superpower

Do you consider yourself a quieter individual - perhaps more reserved, not comfortable with promoting yourself, networking or speaking up about your views? Do you sometimes feel like an ‘imposter’ and feel the need to pretend to be someone you are not but are exhausted in doing so?

Do you know quieter professionals who contribute a lot but don’t get noticed or recognised, whose voice and opinions tend to be overshadowed? Most of these professionals have a lot of substance, wisdom and potential. Due to their quieter nature, often colleagues, teams and organisations can overlook the deep, thoughtful insights and leadership strengths these professionals bring to the table.

If you have come across highly impactful leaders who are thoughtful, introspective, understated, you have had a glimpse into ‘quietly powerful’ leadership. They do exist and we can learn how to bring out the best in ourselves and others without pretending to be someone else.

Whether you are the quiet achiever or your team member is, you have an opportunity to unlock your - or their - hidden superpowers!

In this event, Megumi will outline how people can use their quiet nature as their leadership strength to unlock their full potential.

Join us to explore:

  • Rethinking our beliefs about what good leadership really looks like
  • Quietly powerful leadership and their superpowers
  • Why we need more quietly powerful leaders now, more than ever, in our changing, uncertain environment
  • Challenges for quieter leaders and professionals – one of which most of us are not even aware of
  • How you can thrive and lead authentically.

With Megumi Miki

As a consultant in leadership, culture and diversity and inclusion, Megumi brings together her 20 years’ experience and practical knowledge of business strategy, finance, leadership, organisational development and culture change. She also draws on her life experience – moving countries multiple times as a child, being on the ‘outer’, her Japanese and Australian upbringing, her own successes and challenges. 

Megumi started the Quietly Powerful movement in August 2016 to help quieter professionals to thrive on their own terms and expand the definition of what good leadership looks like. The book Quietly Powerful: How your quiet nature is your hidden leadership strength received the Australian Career Book Award for 2020 by RSA Oceania and Best Leadership Book of 2020 by the Australian Business Book Awards. 

As a quieter professional herself and as a leadership and culture consultant, she feels it is time to update our beliefs about what effective leadership looks like.

Part of the Learning from Bold Minds in Leadership series

Learning from Bold Minds in Leadership is a leadership development opportunity for staff at all levels. 

In times of change, uncertainty and complexity, strong leadership is critical - at all levels of the organisation. The Learning from Bold Minds in Leadership series has been designed to inspire and challenge you to be a bold and courageous leader, regardless of whether you hold a designated leadership role.

Find out more about the series.


A recording and slides are available to registered participants and was distributed via email after the event.

If you are a staff member at a CAUL Member institution or you paid to attend this event, please contact CAUL National Office (caul@caul.edu.au) for the link to the recording and the slides.

Author Kate Davis
Last modified 1 November 2021