Can an introvert be an effective leader? – Leslie in Grants Pass, OR
LYNN: Yes, of course introverts can be and are effective leaders. Leadership is not about being an introvert or an extrovert, or somewhere in between. Leadership is a plethora of skills you acquire. Some skills can come naturally, others are learned, while others evolve. Open yourself to the art of possibilities, that includes being an outstanding leader!
TINA: Introverts can be highly effective leaders by example. They typically show more curiosity towards others, listen more intently, are less likely to interrupt the problem-solving process, are less likely to micro-manage, and can be very flexible and creative in thought.
Read chapter 13, “Leadership Styles,” in our book, Practical Wisdoms @ Work.
Lynn Whitbeck is the co-founder and President of Petite2Queen. She is focused on identifying and evaluating opportunities for women at work, helping them define their personal roadmap. She dedicates herself to delivering tools and insights, embracing visualization of the big picture, and identifying and implementing the minutiae of detail. Lynn aims to share lessons learned along her journey and enable positive uplift for women.