There are a lot of stereotypical opinions when it comes to leadership qualities.
When people are asked of the qualities required in an individual to claim a position of leadership and authority, they almost always refer unintentionally to qualities found in extroverts: an outgoing conversationalist, a charismatic person, someone who can become the big cheese in the company, the loudest voice in the conference room …
It’s become a norm in this extroverted world to exclude introverts for being too quiet, too soft to manage people because that’s what a leader is about, a people’s manager.
Well .. flash news for the stereotypes followers … introverts already make one of the best leaders in the whole world, I’m talking self-proclaimed introverts such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Steve Wozniak.
As Daniel H. Pink says in his book, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others :
“We’d be far better off with those who take a more calibrated approach—who can talk smoothly but also listen keenly, who know when to turn on the charm but also when to turn it off, who combine the extrovert’s assertiveness with the introvert’s quiet confidence”
You see, I’m not selling words, I’m stating facts that I follow to make an opinion for myself instead of being led by stereotypes, and you should too …
So if you think you can’t make a great leader being an introvert, here are 5 reasons to prove you wrong and give you that push you needed:
5 Reasons Why Do Introverts Make Great Leaders
We are born with ” introvert leadership qualities ” that definitely play a big role in scaling today’s introverted leaders high on the corporate ladder.
1. Introverts are self-reflective and imaginative.
We are premeditative individuals who rarely think out loud, introverts always think things through before saying or deciding anything.
This quality comes in handy when an introvert is a leader, it allows for less fault and no room for hast decisions.
An introverted leader will take his time pondering over all the possible solutions to a problem until it’s perfectly solved, that’s when his mind goes to rest.
Albert Einstein, said once, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s that I stay with problems longer.”
Also, being thoughtful during a situation that requires solving a problem helps introverted leaders use their imaginative mind to solve problems in a creative out of the box way.
An artistic, seasoned leader.
2. We are attentive listeners.
Introverts are attentive listeners, their calm and thoughtful demeanor gives the inclination that they are the right person to go to in order to be heard, and this is one of the most important qualities to be found in a leader.
A good, compassionate leader, not only allows for voices around him to be heard, but he actively listens to them and is always open to feedback from employees.
This is crucial because it gives employees the impression that this is a team’s work and pushes them to voice their opinions directly to the leader.
A trusted, loyal worthy leader.
3. Introverts connect on a deeper level.
People who dismiss introverts as being qualified to lead others argue that introverts don’t have the “people skills” required in a leader.
It is true that introverted leaders aren’t the outgoing bubbly sort, but that has proven in the case of many introverted CEOs that it has nothing to do with leadership effectiveness.
That’s because introverted leaders, by being observative, attentive, and quiet around groups of employees, can attune easily to emotional cues and sensory details coming from their employees, which gives them a better understanding of each individual.
I’d say that one of the fundamentals of communicating with your team is to understand each one of your team member’s personalities and work separately with each member to enhance his productivity based on his personality and already observed areas of strength.
This is a deeper sort of connection that introverted leaders are able to deliver to their employees.
A leader who forms meaningful connections.
4. The effect of an introvert’s calm and reserved dementor.
An introvert leader’s calmness is commanding. Following a reserved and tranquil leader demolishes the chances of office drama happening under his watch and gives reassurance if a conflict arises due to a crisis.
Also being a calm introverted leader gives said leader’s words when spoken great significance and encourages the employees to take it into serious consideration.
I came the other day across a funny comparison between a parrot and an eagle that refers to introverts and extroverts’ outward behaviors.
An extrovert is like a Parrot: talkative and always draws attention.
An introvert is like an Eagle: silent, and observative.
Now tell me in the comments below who can fly high? *laughs mischievously*
A leader whose words are heard.
5. Introverts are humble.
Introverts are naturally humble and don’t like to show off, in fact, an introverted leader would likely share their win with the whole team and would gladly let the spotlight shine on other employees then only him.
And hey! I must emphasize that letting the credit for the team achievements go to your employees without including yourself and acknowledging your great management and leadership abilities is called dump not humble, just to be frank.
Being humble and openly accepting employee’s suggestions and not being threatened by the change their voiced opinions may bring is key to let employees excel in work under such a leader.
A selfless leader.
Introverts Make The Best Leaders For Proactive Employees
A research was conducted on a national pizza delivery chain company’s staff, where personality-related questionnaires were mailed to 57 managers and 374 employees to answer.
The researchers compared the results of the survey with the total profit reports of each pizza store for seven weeks.
The final observation showed that stores that were managed by introverted managers earned high profits when the staff being managed was proactive.
Taking into consideration the qualities mentioned above which an introverted leader possesses, it only makes sense.
An introverted leader would be able to read each individual’s personality well and pushes them to participate and play their most natural role in the group to drive towards the common goal… achieving success.
This may come hard to an extroverted leader, who would naturally be inclined to take control facing his employees, and that’s why an extroverted leader is better suited to lead passive employees.
Lastly, I’d like to emphasize the importance of gaining extroverted qualities when being an introverted leader, it is crucial in certain situations to be very vocal about your instructions to your employees to be perceived appropriately, just like in other situations it’s most beneficial to be the quiet consultant, so it really depends on the situation a leader is facing.
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