“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” ~Albert Einstein
Today, companies in all industries employ a multitude of personalities. At each level, there are types and qualities that seem a perfect fit for their vocation, and in some cases, perhaps better suited for others. Typically, an individual's personality can fit into one of two categories: extroverted or introverted. When it comes to management level positions, over time society has commonly adopted the belief that extroverted people are a more naturally fit for leadership roles. Nevertheless, throughout history, there are numerous examples of famous introverts who have not only become terrific and effective leaders, but who have changed their companies and in some cases, the world as we know it. Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln and Warren Buffett – these are just a few of history's famous introverts. Take a look at a few key reasons to consider why the quiet types can make the most exceptional leaders.
THEY ARE GREAT LISTENERS
In a group setting, the average introvert is more likely to sit and observe, rather than take part or attempt to drive the conversation. This natural inclination can be an effective tool, as they're often more inclined to consider all the suggestions put forth without interjecting or dismissing. Additionally, an introvert in an executive role may make it their priority to really listen and consider what team members have to say, which can benefit employee relations and help strengthen the company long term.
THEY FOCUS ON THE DEPTH OF THE ISSUES
More often then not, the introvert prefers to tackle all the facets of a potential issue before moving on to the next. Taking time to really study every option, affords them the opportunity to construct insightful questions that others may not consider. A manager with this skill can be integral in ensuring that a project is maintained within budget while utilizing the best people, tools and conditions as they often have considered all of them at length.
THEY HAVE A CALM DEMEANOR
Many introverts have a naturally calm demeanor. Being less motivated to speak out or draw attention to themselves, they can be a soothing force that during stressful times, can make others feel a little more at ease. It can be difficult to ruffle an introvert's feathers, so leaders with this skill can also become role models to staff and other executives who's tendencies are not quite as tranquil.
THEY'RE LESS CONSUMED WITH EGO
Of course, we all have egos; some larger or more controlling than others. In business, it can be a strength or a weakness, depending on how an ego affects decision-making and work ethic. Many introverts shy away from attention since having all eyes on them can be disconcerting and uncomfortable. They tend to focus on the work and their contribution to making the best moves forward for the team, rather than achieving personal success or private praise.
In every industry, there can be many types of people who are well suited for leadership; there's no definite way to determine who will do the job best. Both extroverts and introverts have weaknesses that can become crippling if not managed or addressed. However, history continues to show us that there can many potential benefits for everyone by taking a chance on the introvert who is committed to the company's long-term success.