Introverts. They draw on important strengths that extroverts may not have.
The intersection of leadership and introversion doesn't get much attention. The reality of our world is that many people just expect leaders to be charismatic heroes, General Patton-types who rally the troops and lead the charge. But as you have read in this blog numerous times, "You don't have to be a hero to lead! Leadership is a choice"
Executive coach Jennifer B Kahnweiler indentifies the important leadership strengths that introverts have in a recent article on Forbes.com. As an introvert, I totally concur with these strengths and propose that the world might be a better place if we seized more leadership opportunities.
Here are the key characteristics that Kahnweiler identifies that may make an introvert a better leader:
- They think first, talk later.
- They focus on depth.
- They exude calm.
- They let their fingers do the talking.
- They embrace solitude.
Please read the article. In the end it reminded me of one of my favorite introvert quotes that comes from Jonathan Rauch, writing in The Atlantic,
If we introverts ran the world, it would no doubt be a calmer, saner, more peaceful sort of place.
Kahnweiler's article is also suggesting that quiet leadership could be better, more leaderful. You don't have to be a charismatic hero to lead.
Thanks for reading. Introverts can make the best leaders.