Quiet Leaders – 5 tips for success
Over the last few years, much has been written about ‘introverts’, and ‘the Quiet Revolution’. Research suggests 1/3 – 1/2 of the population are introverts.
In a post from Susan Cain, an expert in this area, she shares that… “Many people don’t associate introversion with leadership, but quiet leadership is not an oxymoron. In research for my book, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking,” I found many examples of powerful quiet leaders—from Rosa Parks to Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates to Mahatma Gandhi and Eleanor Roosevelt—who all succeeded as leaders because of their quiet temperament, not in spite of it. These leaders embody the strengths identified by the research of today’s top leadership experts who have found that when introverts draw on their natural strengths as leaders, they often deliver even better outcomes than extroverts”.
Susan suggests 5 tips for ‘quiet leaders’ :
Here is a brief overview of five tips quiet leaders often find empowering:
- Know that the force is with you. Quiet leaders often deliver better outcomes than extroverted leaders, according to separate studies by both Wharton professor Adam Grant and bestselling leadership expert Jim Collins.
- Use your energy strategically. As a leader, you’ll sometimes have to step outside your comfort zone and do things that are exhausting for you...be sure to grant yourself plenty of “restorative niches,” in which you can recharge your energy and be your best self.
- Connect with employees your own way.
- Schedule a time to walk the hallways. Schedule time every day to stop by people’s desks, ask them how they’re doing, and listen to their concerns.
- Use your solitude to make great decisions.
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