The reason the idea of a “digital detox” resonates with so many people right now is because “digital disruption” seems to have taken over.

Maybe you can relate? Most people have a smart device that they can turn to for just about everything.

It has become more and more difficult to unplug and disconnect from the constant barrage of online distractions.

As introverts we have to be vigilant.

We can be prone towards taking it all in and then operating from this internal space.

This onslaught can be isolating, over-stimulating, and overwhelming at the same time.

Some companies have begun to restrict usage in an effort to help employees focus and connect in real time.

Rather than a total ban, companies are implementing social media responsibilities to set boundaries regarding over usage.

What’s your take on this?

As an introverted leader, how do you walk that fine line between being one who fully embraces the digital era and all that it entails, while also remaining present for your team?

It’s a tall order.

No longer can you ignore the digital impact in meetings. Often times it is this digital capability that actually enables or facilitates the meeting itself.

The dilemma becomes how to remain fully present and authentically connected in a digitized workplace.

A leader who truly listens not only with their ears, but also their eyes, heart, and intellect can be a rare find amidst a slowly detaching digitized workplace.

Here are some tips on how you can be that leader who still connects with your team effectively:

Be here now.

In today’s digital age, it’s easy to get distracted.

It’s important to stay present when in the presence of others.

Do you work to create a distraction-free-zone when ideas are being discussed or shared?

Be a leader who leads by example and put your phone away.

When speaking to your team, give your full attention and don’t be tempted to check your phone or glance at your smart watch or laptop.

Practice active listening.

Stay engaged with your group and leverage your strength as an introvert to listen fully to what is being said.

The difference between hearing and listening is that when you really hear what is being shared you will pick up on the nuances of the message. You can customize your response in a more meaningful, impactful, and relevant way.

Show that you are available to hear what they are trying to tell you.

Reply with intention which allows you to achieve a connection.

Synergy and collaboration come from this effort.

This approach will classify you as the leader who truly listens, cares, and is effective.

Avoid multi-tasking.

Doing multiple things while speaking sends the wrong message to everyone present.

This approach conveys that the recipients of your communication are unimportant. They don’t have your full attention and they know it.

Focus and let them know that you’ve heard them and that you are going to respond or take the necessary actions.

Make eye contact without any digital devices hampering your interactions.

Focus on what’s being discussed and notice how truly listening can build trust and rapport.

Respond to whatever you can in real time.

Feeling heard has become a luxury. Given the inundation of content coming from multiple channels and devices, it is up you as a leader to listen with deliberate intention.

Focus to bring about the collaboration, trust, and cooperation between you and your team or colleagues.

People appreciate a leader who can listen, learn, and engage on a deeper level in this age of perpetual distraction.

“You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.” ― M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled