28 May 2020 ... min read Listen

Haritha Khandabattu

I am constantly exploring on what makes introverts flourish

‘Introverted Leadership’ will be the topic of an online event hosted by ING in close cooperation with GOTO on Thursday 11 June. Haritha Khandabattu will be speaking on behalf of ING during this meetup, which is expected to attract around 200 female participants.

Haritha was born in India, where she studied engineering in Information Technology. She subsequently did an MBA in international finance while working with Cognizant for JP Morgan UK. During a city trip to Amsterdam, she fell in love with the city and decided to move to the Netherlands. 

With her experience and specific skills, it wasn’t difficult to find a job. “I initially worked on short-term projects for the Nike HQ in Hilversum, ING Wholesale Banking and PVH, followed by two years as a consultant for a German company. I increasingly realised I was ready for more end-to-end involvement and responsibility. The position of chapter lead at ING was the perfect match – and for me, it’s the perfect mix of technology and management/coaching.”

Both outgoing and private

“Managing and coaching is something I am eager to learn more about. Whenever I feel a little overwhelmed by my tasks as a lead, I can switch back to coding, do what I know well and get things done. That combination is perfect for me. I like working with people and can be very outgoing, but I have a very private side too. I love being alone and spending time painting or reading.”

Become better leaders

“I can totally relate to the topic of introverted leadership. I’m training myself and the engineers in my chapter to become better leaders. Most engineers tend to be introverts and, unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about that character trait. Introverted does not mean shy. Just because you’re not the loudest member of the team, it doesn’t mean you don’t add a lot of value. I am constantly exploring on what makes introverts flourish – how they can demonstrate their expertise and be great assets to the team.”

A shout-out to introverts

“My key message during the meetup will be a shout-out to introverts: don’t worry about the preconceptions people have about you, but focus on your skills and strengths instead. Introverts absorb, think and analyse first before expressing their opinions, and that’s a very powerful and valuable way to act. I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts and discussing them with the participants on 11 June.”


Join this virtual meetup on 11 June. Sign up here

About Haritha

Haritha Khandabattu is from India and moved to the Netherlands five years ago. She lives in Amsterdam together with her boyfriend. She loves playing basketball, reading, cooking and painting in oils. Van Gogh is a big inspiration. One of her goals for this year is to finish five paintings and to read ten books – and she’s almost there, thanks to the coronavirus lockdown. These three books made an impression on her and she recommended to her team:

  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
  • The Power of Nice (“This one really changed me into a more empathic person”) by Linda Kaplan Thaler & Robin Koval
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

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