For introverts who are worried that their talents for listening, evaluating and working alone may stand in the way of being in charge, the good news is that they won’t. The qualities commonly found in introverts can also make them highly-effective leaders. Introverts have strengths that are incredibly useful in business, with those who have made their mark in the corporate world including Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.
Sense of perspective
Introverts generally have highly-developed insights into their realms of expertise and their biggest strengths. With the ability to accurately evaluate their capabilities and achievements, they are not likely to be swayed by a swollen head. They also tend to be able to examine any limitations, mistakes or gaps in knowledge honestly, which is one of the most significant steps in overcoming them, and can usually process contradictory input and see the benefits in new ideas.
Using that quiet time
Introverts are not in a rush to make a lot of noise and seek attention; therefore, when they do speak – after carefully thinking about what the situation requires – their words are usually calm and authoritative and carry the kind of weight that makes people pay attention.
Calm and sensible
Extroverts tend to be motivated by rewards, which often translates into taking risks. Introverts do not operate in this way. When an extrovert will want to bound in and take action, an introvert will pause and take stock to make a careful decision.
Entrepreneurs and corporate leaders have to make important decisions that affect lots of people and their livelihoods. While taking a risk can be good for business, being prudent can also be highly effective in steering a business in the best direction.
Listening and learning
Introverts may not be the jokesters who make everyone laugh at parties, but they pay attention to what people say and learn from it. By listening intently, they gather information that may prove useful in a variety of ways. Introverts generally enjoy acquiring new information and love to expand their boundaries with knowledge that they can draw on to make informed decisions and come up with ideas.
Introverts are happy to work alone because they enjoy the focus. Sometimes the greatest ideas and inventions come to those working in isolation. While corporate work often means collaborating with others, someone who can get on with the job by themselves is a great asset.
Another benefit of being less sensitive to external gratification is being able to keep progressing with a problem in the absence of immediate payoff. Introverts like to persist, even without a lot to go on. They tend to be more impervious to self-sabotage and the kind of impulses that distract others from achieving their goals and can often find certainty amid great uncertainty, which can be a great help in running a business.
Albert Einstein was an introvert who famously succeeded. He did not consider himself brilliant but acknowledged that when it came to a problem he wanted to solve, he was prepared to put in the time.
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