5 Reasons Why Introverts Make Great Leaders
5 Reasons Why Introverts Make Great Leaders

People often think of introverts as reserved and quiet, socially awkward, solitary and soft-spoken.

This perception would further suggest that introverts lack the confidence and social skills that great leaders, pioneers, and change makers possess.

You may be surprised to learn that 40% of leaders and executives identify themselves as introverts.

Their success proves that leadership and networking is not monopolized by those with an outgoing, and highly-confident temperament.

Here are six qualities that introverts leverage to harness effective leadership and networking skills.

1. Introverted leaders listen first and talk later

Introverts tend to shy away from small talk because it drains their energy. Typically, they prefer to stay on the sidelines and listen first before they weigh in with their own viewpoint.

This trait allows introverts to be especially effective leaders, since successful collaboration requires effective communication.

2. Introverts have special internal powers

Introverts are known to have special internal powers—like thoughtfulness, creativity and vivid imagination. They can more easily form ideas, insights, and solutions.

An introvert who sits back in a meeting, may be seen as not contributing—that is, until he or she works out the solution that all the other meeting participants missed.

3. Introverts don’t have to fake sincerity

Because of their lower social energy, small talk can be cumbersome for introverts, which can make networking more challenging.

Introverts use their natural sincerity to lessen their anxiety and better engage others in conversation, often making meaningful connections.

4. Introverted leaders know the value of recharging

Introverts know that engaging in too many group activities and events drains them. Introverts are good at setting aside time to get back into their contemplative zone and re-energize.

They use this time to come up with new strategies and ideas and surprise their colleagues and bosses with their surge in enthusiasm and passion at work.

5. Introverts make great networkers

At their most tedious, networking events can devolve into a room full of people frantically trying to sell themselves and listening to no one. Because introverts are comfortable with silence, they are often better able to practice attentive listening.

Don’t let your fear of being an introvert hold you back from network events. Take advantage of my Free 15 Minute Coaching call and let me help you on your way.

Jennifer Grant

Jennifer Grant is the founder of Jennifer Grant International with expertise in Business Etiquette, Personal Branding, First Impressions, Networking and Leadership excellence. With an extensive corporate management background in the airline, travel and hospitality industries, Jennifer has a solid record of achieving corporate objectives, organizational goals and nurturing strong client, employee and stakeholder relationships. Jennifer is passionate about helping other female entrepreneurs to grow their personal brand and achieve their greatest success. Take advantage of Jennifer’s 15 Minute Free Coaching session at https://jennifergrantinternational.com/book-a-consultation. Connect with Jennifer on Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Instagram

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