Introverts are the best leaders


“For an introvert his environment is himself and can never be subject to startling or unforeseen change.”
-Quentin Crisp

Have you ever wondered who makes the best kind of leader? An introvert or an extrovert? If so, I’m sure the answer has almost always leaned favorably to the extrovert. Extroverts can be very social, have very little trouble meeting new friends and associates and they also lead with charisma and charm. But you might want to think again. Consider what I think are three solid reasons that make introverts really great leaders. Leave a comment if you agree or disagree!

3. Introverts are more bite than bark. Yes it’s true, you may not get a lot of words out of an introvert in social settings but a introverted leader can be very influential when it comes down to getting to business. Introverts who lead help create a culture of doers by holding people accountable to their actions and they’re not swayed by words.  What would happen if you allowed that spirit to be infectious?

2. Introverts would rather be working. You won’t catch an introvert at the water cooler chatting excessively about the newest movies or practicing their golf swing in front of the receptionist. No, they are usually in their office working to push their goals along. Are your best workers introverts?

1. It’s never about our ego. Have you ever met a boastful introvert? Introverts take pride in their work but they usually like to let their work speak for ourselves. While this is a great trait – and possibly the best one – it’s a double-edged sword. In our current corporate environment,  humility may be humbling their career growth but I am a firm believer in the leadership potential of a skilled introvert.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? What are some of your best leadership qualities?

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