THE INTROVERT MAGIC: WHY MOST SUCCESSFUL LEADERS ARE INTROVERTS

7 Illustrations to Show The Magic of Being An Introvert

The Introvert Magic: Why most successful leaders are introverts

Leadership aside, we live in a society that praises extroversion and treats introversion like
an illness that needs to be treated. And in the context of leadership, it undoubtedly is
deemed a weakness.

Here are a few factors which highlight the advantage of Introvert leaders.

  1. Thoughtful & Prepared: The gratification factor
    Ms. Cain states that introverts “seem to be better than extroverts at delaying gratification, a
    crucial life skill associated with everything from higher SAT scores and income to lower
    body mass index.” Extroverts tend to be more impulsive whereas introverts are more
    deliberate and premeditative, an important advantage of being a leader.

  2. Calmness as an automatic response
    It is in their nature to be calm and collected. When people around are noticeably stressed
    and anxious, it spreads. While extroverts tend to get more visibly emotional and upset in
    critical situations, introverts do a great job of maintaining their composure. So, when
    catastrophe strikes, introvert leaders can hold it together.

  3. They Are Great Listeners
    Because they are natural predisposition towards being observant and thoughtful,
    introverts tend to be excellent listeners.

  4. Don’t Micromanage: As the limelight is not desirable
    As the limelight is not gratifying for introverts, they tend to let their employees take charge.

  5. They Stick with Things
    As Albert Einstein once said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s that I stay with problems longer.”
    This is a major difference between introverts and extroverts. As Ms. Cain talks about in her
    book, introverts can focus for long periods. An extremely desirable quality.

  6. Hidden creativity
    Solitude is crucial to creativity. Hence, some of the world’s most creative thinkers are
    introverts — think Albert Einstein, J.K. Rowling, and Steve Wozniak (the co-founder of
    Apple).

  7. They Crave Meaningful Conversations
    Introverts hate small talk. They prefer more in-depth, deep conversations. Quality over
    Quantity and the respective impact! This goes back to the importance of listening. Introvert
    leaders are great at taking a step back and taking the time to understand their employees
    and their company. They are compassionate and make an effort to remain in tune with the
    needs and desires of their employees.

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