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4 Things Introverts Do that Makes Them Effective Leaders

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
Associate Editor

4 Things Introverts Do That Makes Them Effective LeadersToday, when we think of great leaders, we typically think of people with charisma, booming voices and big, bold personalities.

Since the turn of the 20th century, it’s these qualities that have garnered praise, while qualities like being quiet and introspective have been seen as subpar, writes author Susan Cain in her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

Our culture has dictated that great leaders and employees must be extroverts who are able to not only sell their companies, but also sell themselves.

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4 Things Introverts Do that Makes Them Effective Leaders

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  1. Good info, and i might add:
    I am a 98% extrovert and I do those things too.
    I would have never become successful if I didn’t.

    • Thanks Patrice. I appreciate the acknowledgement and point that we can all put these approaches into practice; no matter what side of the line we fall on…

  2. No mention of how introverts, as team leaders, tend to build strong, personal relationships to their team. The introverted are better at leading a team since they are more personally involved with each member.

  3. Very interesting article. I agree that Introverts make better “leaders” because of the reasons highlighted however in my (relatively short) work experience, I’ve found that Extroverts will find it easier to become a “boss/manager”.

  4. This article is incredibly misleading. If it claimed to address things which make a good leader, then it would be useful. However, the qualities it claims make introverts good leaders are by no means exclusively strengths of introverts. The qualities listed are necessary if you wish to maintain a leadership position of any kind; and extroverted leaders display them too. An article like this would be better off addressing true leadership strengths which are more specific to introverted personalities. For instance, introverts are less likely to make hasty decisions and will be more prone to reviewing as much information as possible before locking themselves in. Likewise, introverts are often at an advantage when interacting with people, as they are less likely to be as intimidating as some of their more extroverted counterparts. As an extrovert in many leadership positions, I would love to see introverted leaders acknowledged for their unique gifts, and this article didn’t mention any of them.

  5. This is such an important conversation. The leadership culture in the United States is heavily weighted toward extroverts. That means a significant portion of leadership lore is based on behaviors that may come less naturally to introverts. But the characteristics people value and respond to are often innate strengths among introverted personalities. As an extrovert and coach, I am constantly amazed by the benefits of channeling quiet strengths, the default settings of my introvert clients.

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