What is a leader?
Leadership, whether consciously or not, is defined as being extroverted. The young people with so-called leadership skills were usually the outspoken persons. When the quiet person sought leadership roles in group projects or in work environment, they are often put in charge of secondary work. It’s assumed that the person who is quiet is not suitable or won’t be able to lead other people. But this is not always true and this is a misconception that needed to be changed.
The most effective leaders are not motivated by a desire to control events or to be in the spotlight. They are motivated by the desire to advance ideas and new ways to look at the world or to improve the situation of a group of people. These motivations belong to introverts and extroverts alike.
It has nothing to do with “How outspoken a person is?”. Introvert people can too be great leaders, in fact, there are a lot of examples of introverted leaders who proved out to be wildly successful. Introverts can be great leaders, they can be inspiring and motivational; without compromising their quiet ways.
Here are few examples of some wildly successful quiet leaders.
SUNDAR PICHAI: The current chief executive officer of Google Inc is a perfect example of the fact that introverts can be a great leader and achieve great success because of their leadership abilities. Sundar Pichai is currently leading all these Google’s domains search, ads, maps, the Google Play Store, YouTube, and Android, and he is doing this in a very good manner.
ABDUL KALAM: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Indian scientist and politician who played a leading role in the development of India’s missile and nuclear weapons programs. He was president of India from 2002 to 2007. Being a quiet person he did all these things prove that introverts can be very good leaders.
BILL GATES: The genius who transformed Microsoft into one of the most profitable and powerful companies in the world and has since launched the Gates Foundation – one of the world’s most innovative philanthropic organizations is an introvert too. As the CEO of Microsoft, he leads his company to be the topmost IT Company in the world and became a billionaire.
WARREN BUFFETT: The billionaire investor, who is well known for working with others and also for sitting over his desk for hours at a time, pouring over financial documents, is also a well respected quiet, deep thinker introvert who has achieved a lot due to his quiet temperament.
ELON MUSK: The Real World Iron Man, he is the man capable of changing the course of future says the media, is also an introvert who had led many companies to be ultra successful when everyone thought that there is no scope for survival. His companies include Tesla, Space-X and Solar City.
Here are few advice for the introverts seeking a leadership role:
PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTH:
As you are a good listener and observer, you focus more on substantive reasons which are important and valuable for the people. So people start listening to you and paying attention to what you have to say.
FOLLOW YOUR PASSION:
Leading people is hard enough, but trying to do so in the service of a cause or goal that means little to you is nearly impossible. Whether it’s a charitable cause or a sports team, tap into your passion, and let others see how much you care.
CONNECT AND LISTEN:
Introverts specialize in forging deep personal relationships. They are great listeners. When people see that you care about what they’re thinking and feeling, they’re more likely to follow you. If you think you won’t be able to excel in large groups and public places, start in small and familiar groups.
Dictatorial rarely works; no one appreciates being bossed around. Generous leaders make sure that others have a sense of purpose, by giving them key roles and listening to their opinions. As a listener and observer, you’ll be uniquely able to decide which roles suits which people in the team.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO DESERVE IT:
You are quiet and introverted doesn’t mean that you are not so strong. It doesn’t mean that people won’t follow you. Believe in yourself and keep doing your work properly, people will follow you.
FIND A ROLE MODEL:
Think of a person in your life – whether someone you know personally, or a famous figure you admire – who is a strong leader and has the same temperament as yours. This will show you that it really can be done – and when in doubts or unsure of yourself, your role model will act as a motivation for you.
LEAD BY EXAMPLE:
This is one of the main principles of leadership, and it’s an easy one for the introverts to follow. Showing your teammates or friends that you’re dedicated and diligent can be just as inspiring as a rousing speech.