The 5 habits of introverted leaders that extraverts could emulate
Susan Cain in her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking talks about the challenges of being an introvert in a world where the extravert personality is highly valued. We are dismissed as quiet and urged to come out of our shells. People, even those who care about us, apologize for our silence, or what is perceived to be a lack of engagement in social situations.
But many of our great leaders are introverts, Baraka Obama, Ghandi , Marissa Meyer and Mark Zuckerberg to name a few. Not all leaders should be traditional extraverts and there is a clear place in our worlds for introverted leaders. We need leaders who display great listening skills, are deeply analytical and show poise under pressure. What we need is diversity in leadership. Many commentators have even suggested that if we had more introverted leaders in the financial services sector, rather than brash risk taking "masters of the universe" the great recession of recent years might have played out quite differently.
Here are the 5 habits of successful introverted leaders that extraverts can emulate
We have two ears and one mouth for a reason, says the old adage. The best ideas don't come out of the motor mouths. As the analysis of leadership styles gains more popular ground, then old stereotypes are being nudged out of the way by more diverse models.
[Tweet "There's zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.” Susan Cain"]
Poise under pressure
Crises and stress are a part of daily life. Introverts have the ability to measure and reframe circumstances and correctly evaluate risk. This allows them to calmly move into damage limitation mode with no fuss. This is one of the key characteristics of executive presence. Extraverts take note!
[Tweet "“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” - Gandhi"]
Keep a log
Introverts tend to prefer writing than going public in a verbal presentation. Keep a log or journal of your ideas so that you can formulate a written proposal at the drop of a hat if required. Let your boss know that this is your preferred communication style. If you are asked a question make sure that everyone knows that you think before you speak and not through speaking. They will learn to wait. This is a great tip for extraverts who can open their mouths sometimes in a public forum , only to change feet.
[Tweet "Introverts are word economists in a society suffering from verbal diarrhea.” Michaela Chung"]
We introverts need our own space. It's how we work best away from the melee, so we need to make sure that doesn't get eroded by pressure from the community of extraverts. Set an alert on your phone, maybe twice a day, and allow yourself the time and space to be the way you want to be. The higher energy extravert could do well to take this tip on board. The value of daily periods of calm and reflection cannot be measured and leads to more thoughtful decision making.
[Tweet "Life isn't about just talking, it's about thinking too.” Marie Symeou "]
What would you add? Let us know in the comment box!
Contact 3Plus for details of programmes for your introverted leaders.
Found that interesting?
Learn more about our services
Make your dreams a reality with a professional evaluation of your career to date.
The evidence is in. More women in your company can deliver 35% greater financial returns. (Catalyst)
Dates for the Diary
June 28th Coaching and Discussion - Share the load with Dorothy Dalton and Ian Dinwiddy
Download and listen free podcasts
How to Create an Effective USP What is a USP? Our Unique Selling Point or UVP (Unique Value Proposition) is our key core message about where...read more
How to Rethink the Modern Workplace for Gender Equality New research shows that diversity and inclusion is a top priority for leaders. So why...read more
Menopause in the workplace In this podcast with Nicki Williams award winning author, keynote speaker and Founder of Happy Hormones for Life,...read more
How to Cultivate Empathy in the Workplace Nancy Milton, international business communications expert, keynote speaker and author, share some vital...read more
Taking Care of your COW Tanvi Guatam, international Personal Branding expert says there is a misconception out there that a personal brand is...read more
The importance of Hard Talk Dawn Metcalfe, author of Managing the Matrix and Hard Talk, shares with us tips to achieve the lasting communication...read more
When Does Female Rivalry Turn into Sabotage There’s a lot of stuff written on social media about female rivalry and competition between women. Some...read more
Goal setting tips to boost your career The happiest people are those that really love their jobs. Those that don’t, dread Sunday nights and...read more
Sexism: How to stage a Bystander Intervention in the Workplace In this power coaching podcast, we're going to tackle one of the questions...read more
How to Get Noticed by Head Hunters & Recruiters In this power coaching podcast, we're going to tackle one of the questions asked multiple...read more
We can take advantage of this turbulent time and rethink the talent sourcing process to attract and hire more women.read more
Daily gratitude is an important booster. Read why we all need to show more of it.read more
Are you suffering from COVID19 boreout due to mental under-load? The symptoms of boreout are very similar to burnout so it can be difficult to tell them apartread more