What makes someone a good leader?
Do the following characteristics come to mind?
If you're not extroverted yourself, you may think being in a leadership position is something you're just not cut out for.
But you'd be wrong. Introverts make great leaders!
Introverts Are Problem-Solvers
Introverts have more gray matter in their prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for abstract thinking and making decisions.
More gray matter gives introverts the edge on problem-solving!
Introverts Tend To Be Internally Motivated
The reward system in an introvert's brain is wired differently!
Introverts tend to be motivated by work quality and productivity rather than by wealth or climbing the social ladder.
Introverts Build Authentic Connections
The quality of connections is very important to an introvert. They take time to get to know people and build deep relationships.
This characteristic drives introverts to be in-tune with other team members or clients and responsive to their needs.
Introverts Maintain Focus
An introverted leader is often able to stay focused and lead their team by example. That focus will help carry a team to the finish line, even when the going gets tough!
Introverts Avoid Micromanaging
Introverted leaders listen to their team members and encourage them to run with their good ideas.
The leader is ready to offer input and guidance, but avoids interfering as long as the project is moving forward.
What Would You Do?
Alex is an introvert thinking about applying for a managerial position. She sometimes feel self-conscious about her leadership abilities and worries if she's management material.
What might you say to help Alex?
Remember, introverts make great leaders because they tend to:
be great problem-solvers
be internally motivated
build meaningful connections
stay focused and help their team do the same
support team members and avoid micromanaging
Are you an introvert interested in a leadership position?