The Power of Introverts in Leadership

March 20, 2019

It seems like society is biased against Introverts and puts a lot of emphasis on being Extroverted.  It is normally the outgoing, sociable person who gets the promotion or who plays the hero in a move.  Very seldom does one see the same hype around an Introverted person.  Simply because due to the nature of an introverted person he or she will avoid such hype at all cost.

The Power of Introverts

In this video Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, highlights the importance and power of Introverts and their way of doing things.  She also highlights the fact that Leadership is something that, although many times do not come naturally for introverts, can be something they excel at.

To understand why Extroverts and Introverts behave the way they do it is important to understand the fundamental difference between the two personality types.  The fundamental difference lays in the way each personality type deals with stimulation.

Introverts feel most alive when they are in environments of low-key stimulation and quietness.  They do not need a lot of people and conversation around them to feel energized.

Extroverts on the other hand are the exact opposite.  They thrive in high stimuli environments where there is lots of noise and talking.

When it comes to leadership positions the Introvert is often overlooked due to societal bias towards the perceived benefits of Extroverts.

Introverts as Leaders

However, research indicated that Introverts actually do better than Extroverts in Leadership positions, because they are naturally more careful and less likely to take unnecessary risks.  Introverts also deliver consistently better results when they are managing proactive employees, because they tend to let the employees run with their ideas.  This creates an environment of trust and innovation, as opposed to the Extroverts who like to put their own stamp on things, preventing people’s creativity to come to the surface.

The power of Introverts therefore lies in the fact that they can work alone and come up with their own ideas, shielding them from group think.

Are you an introvert and how do you perceive society’s bias?

Do you experience an uphill battle as an Introvert to get recognition?

About the author

Joseph Hawking has a passion for people & leadership development and since he discovered his mom’s old typewriter as a boy, have been writing in some form or another. He is part of the Leadership for The International Mentoring Network, where he is a regular Idea Studio Facilitator and Annual IMN Conference Speaker. He believes that the highest form of living is using what you have been blessed with, to add value to other people’s lives. He has been publishing The Leadership Connexion blog since August 2018.