According to the Harvard Business Review report –
“…introverted leaders tend to listen more carefully and show greater receptivity to suggestions, making them more effective leaders of vocal teams.”
5. When they speak, everyone listens
Introverts think before they speak. They consider everyone’s opinions, carefully analyze all facts, conduct thorough research, reflect and then they respond. When an introverted leader speaks, people know they are going to say something important and valuable. Such is the power of their calm and reserved demeanor. As they contribute to a discussion only when they have something to say, when introverted leaders do speak, they speak with power, positivity and confidence that significantly influences everyone around them.
“When a quiet introvert talks, heads turn, and that’s power.” – Laurie Helgoe
6. They are calm & collected
Organizations are breeding grounds for difficult emotions. Among the chaotic and frantic daily struggles, stress and anxiety are commonplace which can lead to a lot of bad decisions. In such environments, introverted leaders know how to stay calm and make decisions based on observations and analysis. They bring stability as leaders and their calming aura enables others to cope with all the chaos in the best way possible and maintain trust, safety and security within the team.
7. They perform best in solitude
“I don’t believe anything really revolutionary has ever been invented by committee… I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone… Not on a committee. Not on a team.” – Steve Wozniak
Introverted leaders value solitude and feel energized by spending some alone time. Bill Gates, the founder and chairman of Microsoft, spends a week at his cabin on a cedar forest in the Pacific Northwest in a biannual ritual known as “Think Week”. His personal 7 day retreat helps him to recharge, reflect and think about new ideas about the future of technology. Gates spends the whole week away from the extrovert-dominated society and is completely isolated from civilization. During this time, he reads, thinks, reflects and spends a lot of time alone while being completely disconnected from employees, friends and family.
“Well, I think introverts can do quite well. If you’re clever you can learn to get the benefits of being an introvert, which might be, say, being willing to go off for a few days and think about a tough problem, read everything you can, push yourself very hard to think out on the edge of that area. Then, if you come up with something, if you want to hire people, get them excited, build a company around that idea, you better learn what extroverts do, you better hire some extroverts, like Steve Ballmer I would claim as an extrovert, and tap into both sets of skills in order to have a company that thrives both as in deep thinking and building teams and going out into the world to sell those ideas” – Bill Gates
Like Gates, all introverts suffer from too much interaction with others and need to recharge themselves frequently. These timeouts help them think clearly and gather themselves so that they can face new challenges with the necessary enthusiasm and gusto. This makes them responsive instead of reactive. Solitude enables introverts to perform their best and gain clarity and consistency in work and in life.
8. They are highly creative
Introverts bring a lot of creativity to the table and this can be remarkably helpful for leaders. Creativity, coupled with analytical mindset and focus, empowers introverted leaders to find unique and original solutions to problems and obstacles. Their creative mindset also allows them to develop a culture of flexibility and innovation within organizations. Moreover, creative introverts also make inspiring leaders. For that reason, introverts as leaders are highly successful.
9. They build meaningful connections
“Introverts treasure the close relationships they have stretched so much to make.” – Adam S. McHugh