It is problematic for an introvert to apply for leadership positions as companies prefer extroverts in their management cycle. Surprisingly, great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, and Warren Buffet are all introverts. It is time to utilize the positive sides of your nature. In this article at Lifehack, Scott Christ puts forward 5 leadership guidelines for the introvert in you.
Being an Introvert Leader
Gandhi once quoted, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” As an introvert, a lot of people have suggested you to be more outspoken throughout your life. You cannot change your nature. Unfortunately, that becomes a negative point when extroverts with their charisma win over influential people. Following are the 5 leadership guidelines for the introvert in you:
Use Your Listening Skills: You know by now that as an introvert you are a better listener. Use this skill to listen to your peers, clients, and stakeholders before you can come up with a good solution.
Rise to Challenges Ahead: When things are not going in your favor at home or work, rise to the occasion. Utilize your reasoning power to find opportunities when others cannot identify them.
Be Uncomfortable: An introvert may not want to talk openly in front of a group of people. Take one step at a time by giving valuable inputs to group discussions. Take some public speaking courses to improve your skills. Take up assignments that you are not comfortable with.
Set Aside Some Me Time: Introverts need some me time to get ready for the world. Allow yourself that time. Curve out at least 15 minutes of your busy schedule. Breathe. If you have fresh ideas, list them.
Write to Your Heart’s Content: You are good at writing. Majority of the introverts possess this skill. Before you pitch for that big idea, write them down and prep yourself up.
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