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Why Do Introverts Make for Good Leaders?

 

In both our personal and professional lives we look to people to guide us, mentor us, teach us, and help make sense of our world. These people are leaders in our lives and as we come into our own we find leaders we turn to in all spheres of our lives. These leaders have a strong sense of confidence, are highly engaged, and can make key decisions for the entire team. We associate these strong leadership qualities with people who are more extroverted because we as humans are social beings.

 

In this competitive world, the dichotomy of the introvert vs. the extrovert does more harm than good, especially in our professional lives. After all, introverts have been responsible for some of the greatest achievements in history, as well as being some of the most successful business and political leaders in the world. What else do Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks, Meryl Streep, and Mark Zuckerberg have in common? Then why do introverts get overlooked?

 

Much of this partiality has its origin in the early 20th century, with the Dale Carnegies of the world. Carnegie’s transforming journey from farm boy to salesman to public speaking legend is interwoven into the rise of the ‘extrovert ideal’. From how we present ourselves at job interviews, how we interact with a peer, to how we raise our children was changed forever through this cultural revolution. In the early 1920s, when the field of psychology began to struggle with the pressure to project confidence, influential psychologists developed new techniques to measure social dominance. In 1921, while eminent psychologist Carl Jung saw introverts as “educators and promoters of culture who showed the value of the interior life which is so painfully wanting in our civilization.” He also noted that their “reserve and apparently groundless embarrassment naturally arouse all the current prejudices against this type.”

 

At the end of the day leadership is about solving problems and making decisions and here’s why Introverts make for excellent leaders:

 

  • Introverts are introspective: Introverts are hard-wired to pause and ruminate. While at times this art can lead to over thinking, it also brings clarity in all areas of life. Introverts are organically wired to pause and contemplate. Sometimes this art of reflection leads to painful over thinking, but it can also lead to clarity in all areas of life. Having this strong sense of self-awareness means that introverts are less likely to make snap decisions.

 

  • Introverts are discerning: The combination of emotional and spiritual intelligence helps them navigate their surroundings in a grounded manner. Their ability to be discerning doesn’t just help them, but they also successfully are able to discern the talents and gifts of others around them.

 

  • Introverts make meaningful connections: Because introverts are motivated by quality and productivity, they can often seem disconnected from other people, unable or unwilling to build personal connections. As with their motivation, however, the connections introverts build just happen to be focused on different priorities.

 

  • Introverts are better problem solvers: Problem-solving is the baseline of all good leadership, and according to research, introverts typically have thicker gray matter in the pre-frontal cortex, which is the area of the brain where abstract thinking and decision- making happen.

 

 

The best leaders aren’t always the most gregarious and noticeable ones. The idea that introverts can’t make the cut is a dangerously deceptive one, and every establishment would only grow if they helped the introverts among its ranks rise – allowing them to shine, even if they prefer to do so away from the spotlight.

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Gentle Determination & Sustained Execution

 


Aims, goals, objectives & a hard nosed approach to getting something done all the time. A race against time & with the rest of the world. Followed by the stress & the burnout.

Sounds familiar? Has it really worked for you?

How about pacing things in a unique manner that works for you and you’re not measuring #achievements based someone else’s goals & pace? Would it not raise the quality of achievement a few notches if you could identify your own #purpose & direction to create a path for yourself?

What sense of satisfaction would it bring to traverse your own path and collaborate with folks you meet on the way. Wouldn’t it be a win-win situation for all?

This would mean first knowing yourself deeply and accurately to build the courage to follow your heart. The courage & conviction to Dream Big and create positive pictures of the future you want to create along with the perseverance to stay with it. To be able to manifest dreams there has to be some sustainable action that comes from aligning choices to the purpose.

Ever wondered how a river flows for miles at its own pace creating and changing its path to reach its destination? Do you see a gentle determination to flow the entire length, joining and merging with other rivers to finally reach the delta? The roar and force is evident in the mountains but it’s a different peaceful pace as it meanders through the plains. However, the invisible strong current -the underlying determination is very evident.. It is supported by sustained execution without stopping, without stagnation, without burnout.

Can you even begin to visualize how catastrophic it would be if all the rivers in the world tried to follow the same path to the same destination?

How about giving this a try??  Understand and love your unique self. Dream Big in your own unique way to manifest the dream with gentle flowing determination & sustained execution driven by wisdom.