Episode 11

Episode 11: The Quiet Strength of Being an Introverted Leader (featuring Jennifer Becker, MLS(ASCP))

In this episode, Stephanie Whitehead delves into the fascinating world of leadership with a twist - the introverted leader. Join Stephanie as she sits down with Jennifer "Jeni" Becker, a seasoned clinical laboratory leader whose introverted demeanor belies a wealth of leadership insights and strategies.

Introverts often find themselves in leadership roles, yet their approach may differ significantly from the extroverted stereotype. Jeni shares her journey, navigating the complexities of leadership within the clinical laboratory setting while embracing her introverted nature as a source of strength rather than a limitation.

We explore topics such as:

  • Strategies for Communication: Explore practical communication techniques tailored to the introverted leader, including leveraging written communication, one-on-one interactions, and strategic pauses for reflection.
  • Embracing Solitude: Understand the importance of solitude and introspection for introverted leaders, providing essential opportunities for recharge and creative problem-solving.
  • Navigating Networking and Public Speaking: Gain insights into how introverted leaders navigate networking events, conferences, and public speaking engagements with confidence and authenticity.
  • Balancing Leadership and Self-Care Delve into strategies for introverted leaders to maintain a healthy work-life balance, prioritizing self-care and setting boundaries to prevent burnout.

Join us as we uncover the quiet strength of introverted leadership in the dynamic world of clinical laboratory management. Whether you're an introverted leader yourself or seeking to better understand and support introverted colleagues, this episode offers invaluable perspectives and actionable strategies for success!

Check out Stephanie Whitehead's recent article on this topic here: Introverts in Leadership: Tips to Celebrate Your Quiet Impact | clinicallab

Special Guest Bio:
Jennifer Becker, MLS(ASCP)CM is the Laboratory Supervisor at Urology Nevada where she oversees the molecular microbiology PCR lab and is the quality officer for the clinic and surgical center. Jennifer is a generalist but her focuses in the lab have been in microbiology and blood banking, and she has 11 cumulative years of experience in the medical laboratory beginning as a phlebotomist and working her way through to specimen processor, pathology technician, and finally as an MLS. Jennifer served for 2 years on the Nursing Shared Governance Council at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center on both the Research and Education Council and the Ancillary Services Council. Jennifer is responsible for developing interdisciplinary educational and training materials for doctors, physician assistants, nurses, and medical assistants for laboratory testing protocols as well as implementing an outpatient antimicrobial stewardship program and overseeing the data analysis of clinical trials.

Connect Jennifer Becker:
Email: jbecker127@gmail.com
Instagram: @jeni_becks
X (Twitter): @JeniBecks 

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Tywauna "Coach Tee" Wilson is an accomplished medical laboratory leader, author of "Some Leaders Wear Lab Coats," and co-host of the "eLABorate Topics" podcast. As founder and president of Trendy Elite Coaching and Consulting, she develops best-in-class leaders through coaching programs and leadership training. With two decades of experience, including as a lab manager and technical director, Tywauna leverages her clinical expertise to mentor laboratory professionals. Through Trendy Elite's Standout Leader Academy and her own initiatives, she empowers professionals to enhance their leadership skills, expand their influence, and excel in their careers. Tywauna is committed to guiding the next generation of confident, competent laboratory leaders
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It isn’t every healthcare leader who can seamlessly lead through the chaos of managing a large healthcare operation while navigating the rapid changes in healthcare. But this is exactly the environment where Stephanie Whitehead not only shines but thrives!

Stephanie is an executive-level leader that fueled by her passion for helping others in the medical profession achieve operational excellence. Intrigued by the evolving nature of the laboratory field and its strong impact on patient treatment, she had an early determination to leave an indelible mark on the laboratory profession.
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