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Why introverts make great leaders

  • Alvernia MOL

Many are recognizing the power of quiet leadership. Introverts, known for their contemplation and comfort with solitude, are among some of the world’s most dynamic leaders.

Bill Gates, Hillary Clinton, Warren Buffett, Marissa Mayer and Mark Zuckerberg are often named as examples of introverts who are highly successful and admired for their work. On platforms where gregarious extroverted qualities are admired, they have gained prominent positions. In some ways, an introverted leaders’ success can be attributed to the work they had to put in to overcome stereotypes about introverts and being overlooked.

What makes introverts effective leaders? Books like Susan Cain’s “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” shed some light on why introverts can make great leaders. Here are some of the reasons.

They are good listeners

Introverted leaders carefully listen to what others have to say. They don’t need to be the center of conversations and do all the talking.

They embrace solitude

Time spent alone is valuable to introverts. It gives them time for reflection, monitoring, envisioning and research. Introverts take time to recharge so they can put their best forward when it comes time to work with others.

They form deep relationships

Introverts tend to build strong bonds with a select group of people. These deeper relationships are what motivate them to lead and others to follow them.

They prepare

Known to think before they act, introverts often master preparation. People can count on the introverted leader’s thoughtful approach to communicating and setting goals.

They exhibit calm

Organizations can also look to introverted leaders as showing calm and confidence even during conflict. Introverts typically don’t outwardly express their feelings before evaluating them first.

Both introverts and extroverts make great leaders. Introverts have certain traits that make them strong leaders. The ability to find energy and inspiration from within is what makes many introverted leaders stand out.

This video highlights some of the key insights from Cain’s book:

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