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  • Writer's pictureChristine Callihan

Introverts Make Great Leaders! Here’s why:

It has often been said that we live in an extroverted world. Do you suppose extroverts tend to make it that way because they are more likely to be seen and heard? An extrovert, as you know, is an outgoing, overtly expressive person. They can be described as sociable, the life of the party, mixers, minglers, and even party animals! They are likely to be more quickly noticed so it is quite possible that they will be chosen for leadership roles.

But what about their counterpart, the introvert? What are the qualities that introverts possess? Introverts have many amazing qualities. Qualities that make them great leaders in fact. Susan Cain, author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” has brought to light just how valuable they are. She has done much research and writing on introverts. You could say she has even started a quiet revolution.

Being an introvert is not a trait that should hold you back. According to Alexandra Mills’ article, “Eight Reasons Why Introverts Make Great Leaders”, “the secret is to embrace the secret powers you have, to use them to your advantage, and not be afraid to step up.” Here are just a few of the many reasons why you would benefit from hiring an Introvert leader:

1. Introverts are always super prepared – You may think that an introvert would not want to speak in public or lead meetings: a skill that is much needed as a leader. However, this is not the case. The key is preparation. An introverted manager is going to be the most prepared person in any meeting. Because they will have spent the most time preparing.

2. Introverts are not likely to make spur of the moment decisions – Many poor decisions are made at the spur of the moment. Not thinking things through causes for wrong choices and wrong decisions. Introverts are more likely to need to think things through and be grounded before making a decision. I am betting it was an introvert that came up with the Girl Scout motto, “Be Prepared”.

3. They host efficient meetings – According to Alexandra Mills, “Introverts will appear to have less to say than extroverts, but what they do say is worth a lot. They will never waffle on just because they like to be the center of attention.” When an introvert is managing a meeting, the needed information will be discussed and when that has been taken care of, the meeting can be excused. No need for so much time in the lime light or just hearing themselves speak!

4. They listen to their employees – Introverts are great listeners. The world needs more great listeners! Introverts will certainly let others do all the talking. This quality tends to make them compassionate leaders, because they truly understand the needs of their employees. They spend so much time soaking in all of the information they are given… and much less time having to regurgitate it to everyone.

5. They encourage staff to excel – Introvert leaders give other people ample opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and share their ideas. And whereas an extrovert leader might feel threatened by employees who suggest smart ideas or better changes, an introvert is more likely to implement the suggestions and let the employee shine.

In that way, introvert leaders can bring out the best in their staff.

6. They are great at building long-term relationships – Extroverts are great at connecting with people instantly, whereas introverts are more about depth of the relationships. This can be beneficial for a business long term.

Introvert leaders aim to create meaningful one-on-one relationships with their employees. This can result in lower employee turnover.

7. They get stuff done – Introverts tend to be very focused on the task at hand and they can get their work done at high speed without being distracted.

An introvert most likely has a whole world of ideas running through their head, constantly refining and developing them. With the right skills and nurturing, they can bring this creativity and lateral thinking into a business and be very successful.

8. They don’t get distracted - Introverts know how to zone out the workplace chatter and focus on the task at hand. Extroverts can get easily distracted and want to be involved in all the chatter. Introverts won’t always talk the talk, but they will always walk the walk.

9. Introverts are thorough – they possess clarity of thought, calmness and a visionary nature. These are the qualities that are needed to be that rock at the top of an organization.

They will not come in and change everything immediately – they will slowly observe and consider what needs doing in detail, and then work with their team to turn things around.

Introverts are very persistent. They won’t give up on a problem until they have solved it.

10. Introverts minimize conflicts – Having an introvert leader will most likely mean you’ll have a smooth working environment. Introverts do not promote or participate in workplace drama. And Introvert leaders are good at remaining calm when conflicts arise.

Introverts are humble and don’t like to brag about their own achievements. They are happy to have the spotlight shine on other members of their team.

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