Do you consider yourself an introvert who wants to lead, be it a business, a charity, a club, or perhaps a project at work?
Are you unsure of your ability to lead because you believe you’re not talkative enough, or because you don’t like to be the centre of intention?
Leadership is a craft and there are many areas, which you can work on, such as increasing your confidence to speak up to groups and developing your ability to give instruction and delegate.
However, there are certain traits you might already have that can form the foundation, to help you be the leader you dream of. Read on to find out more.
Your listening skills
As an introvert you might have superior listening skills. By listening carefully to your followers and partners first, you create huge potential to develop trust. You can then begin to speak and persuade people to consider your perspective, and lead them to taking to certain lines of action.
Your observational skills
As a leader you will need other people around you. These could be individuals who you might want to employ such as Directors and other staff, or people you need to partner with for mutual benefit. You might be selecting such people to complement your skills and fill in the gaps of those areas, which are not your key skills.
If observation is a key skill of yours, you can carefully observe the behaviours, actions and words of others, thus increasing your chances of finding the right type of people and partners you need on your team.
Your strategic skills
If you like to go and spend some time alone to recharge your batteries, you give yourself the opportunity to consider the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the initiative you are leading.
You can then develop your strategy or amend your existing one and implement it, or share it with your followers, explaining what changes you want to see made.
Your problem identification skills
Your listening and observational skills also enable you become in tune with messages around you more clearly. This could be through listening to conversations of those around you, or through carefully reading documentation.
By quickly picking up potential problems, which may be about to happen, or through identifying problems, which your people might be having, you can intervene swiftly.
Your ability to stay calm
If you already have the ability to remain calm in situations, where many others would panic, then this is a powerful trait to have.
Crises are a part of the territory in the world of leadership, and if have a major problem could impact your business, or project then your followers will need assurance that the storm will be weathered.
It is during such times that your ability to remain calm and be prepared will really come to the fore.
Your preparation skills
If you like to spend extra time to prepare for an important meeting, or a presentation, then you give yourself the opportunity to consider the language you will use in your verbal and written communication to really get across your leadership message, be it persuasion, selling an idea, or explaining how the future is going to look like, and what will be done to make this a reality.
My friends, it’s over you:
• Are you an introverted leader? If so, what other strengths can introverts draw upon to develop themselves into effective leaders?
• Are you an extroverted leader? If so, how do think introverted leaders complement extroverted leaders?
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