When it comes to appointing a leader in your department or a work group, it’s no surprise that people tend to choose the person who is seen as more vocal.
Do you agree that very often, introverts are often followers instead of leaders?
The reality is, introverts may make more effective leaders. Let me name a few world famous leaders who are introverts.
Entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln and Steven Spielberg just name a few.
How can an introvert be an effective leader?
A study conducted by Francesca Gino, associate professor at Harvard Business School, reveals that quiet bosses can be highly successful.
Introverted leaders carefully listen to what their followers have to say, compared to extroverted leaders which are generally less receptive to proactivity.
These are the 5 things that introverts do to make them more effective.
1) Introverts Demonstrate Humility
This is not to say extroverts do not make effective leaders.
Introverts are more likely to keep their abilities, ego and achievements in check. Having humility lets them acknowledge mistakes, imperfections and knowledge gaps.
Being humble also allows introverts to be open to hear new ideas or work with contradictory information.
2) Introverts Learn By Listening
An introvert’s nature is quiet and reserved.
You seldom see them being outspoken during social gatherings. In this way, introverts listen intently to what others say and internalize it before they speak.
They are not thinking about what to say while the other person is still talking, but rather listening so they can learn what to say.
3) Introverts Prepare
Before any presentation or networking, introverts spend time thinking through their goals and preparing for questions, which gives them an edge. Preparation is the key to reduce an introvert’s anxiety during big events.
4) Introverts Are Better Decision Makers
Many leaders in history, like Abraham Lincoln, were great at what they did because they used their alone time to minute down every decision they made.
Lincoln, for instance, often wrote his thoughts down on paper, spending days thinking over what he should do next.
An extrovert may take the time to think things over as well but they probably don’t like the idea of spending hours in silence, given their nature.
5) Introverts Come Across As Being More Genuine
Though introverts may seem they do not like to interact, they still yearn for social interaction.
What differentiates an introvert from an extrovert here is when introverts decide to go out of their way to talk to somebody, it’s usually because they truly want to make some kind of connection with that person.
Interactions with introverts therefore often feel more meaningful.
Introverts will give you a sense that they care about you and your individual situation. This is why most introverts prefer having a handful of best friends rather than a hundred acquaintances.