Introverted leaders are overlooked. Society favors extroverts in leadership roles, but introvert leaders can be very effective within organizations.
Introverted leaders may not be as charismatic as extroverted leaders, but here’s 5 reasons why introverts make great leaders:
1. They Go Deep
Introvert leaders want to get to know the people under their care.
They value depth over breadth. Quality over quantity.
Most introvert leaders have a small circle of close friends personally so they’re not as interested in being the life of the party in work situations.
Introverted leaders are interested in understanding people on their team so they can place them in positions that fit.
Relationships matter to introvert leaders so connecting with teammates precedes high performance. Introvert leaders know people work harder for leaders they actually like and respect.
Chances are if you have an introverted leader, you trust them.
Introverts as leaders invest in their people and it has a direct impact on productivity. Your favorite leader makes you feel valued. A strong relational connection is a trademark of introverts as leaders.
2. They Develop Strong Teams
There is a difference between leadership and leadership development that introverted leaders discern.
Leadership can be viewed as strong individuals while leadership development is more about creating strong teams.
One advantage introvert leaders possess is their willingness to use servant leadership.
Introverted leaders eagerly highlight their teammate’s accomplishments. They are perfectly content planning behind the scenes.
Leadership can inflate your ego, but introverts as leaders do well at focusing on the team winning over individual accolades.
True leadership is about succession.
Introvert leaders are natural coaches who take interest in developing people under them. That means managing your ego to take responsibility for team mistakes and deferring praise to your teammates in victory.
The goal of leadership development is to raise up new leaders.
Introvert leadership is rooted in growing others so they can take over your role. Introverted leaders take pride in working themselves out of a job because their heir is ready to step up.
Introverted leaders serve first, then lead.
3. They Are Introspective
The best leaders in any industry are self-aware.
Introverted leaders usually have a solid EQ (emotional intelligence) which translates to great interpersonal skills.
Introverted leaders are also introspective. They examine their own thoughts and feelings before others.
Post self-reflection, introvert leaders teach others how to be introspective also.
This type of modeling is a good coaching technique. The most effective way to learn a new skill is to teach it.
Introvert leaders show by example before instructing people to do the same.
Introverted leaders are process-oriented and purposeful in their actions. Being introspective means questioning and evaluating why tasks are repeated.
Asking the right questions is a strength of introverts as leaders.
Introvert leaders are intentional. There’s always a reason why you do something.
Pausing and reflecting is time consuming, yet a way to work smarter not harder.
4. They Are Good Listeners
Introvert leaders listen before they speak.
Communication isn’t just talking. It’s observing people’s body language and responding to their emotions.
The reason why most people trust introverts as leaders is because they feel heard.
When your ideas are validated it shows empathy and understanding towards the speaker.
Leadership is getting things done through people.
Without people following you’re not a leader. Introverted leaders allow people to be part of the vision moving forward. Getting the buy-in from your team happens when multiple voices are valued.
A pillar of introvert leadership is grounded in consensus over power.
That means the leader will often choose what’s voted for over what he/she thinks is best at times because people take ownership when they have a say in decisions made.
Good listening in leadership makes people feel they belong on your team.
Introvert leaders lead by opening their ears before their mouth.
5. They Manage Their Energy
Introverted leaders drain energy while interacting with people. They need to recharge between meetings.
Introvert leaders rest between social function so they are refreshed for the next one.
In fact, most introverted leaders act as situational extroverts at events.
The behaviors between introverts and extroverts can look the same publicly, but privately introverts desire to recharge alone.
There is an inner confidence that introverts as leaders display in scenarios of competence.
Leadership doesn’t have to be loud visually to make an impact.
Similar to how yelling at a baby when they are crying doesn’t work, raising your volume doesn’t equate to better results.
Regardless of style preference introverted leaders need to be themselves.
Copying other leaders doesn’t work in the long run.
Don’t believe negative stereotypes about introvert leaders.
They can make a loud impact in a quiet way.