Introverts Make Good Leaders

TalkShop leadership tipsThe limelight tends to pursue the extroverts to an extent that introverts have been stereotyped unjustly as timid, dull, and less productive. Fortunately, the outlook is changing with organizations realizing the need for a good mix of extroverts and introverts to build a balanced team.

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO clarifies, “Yes, introverts make good leaders. The truth is each person is a blend of both personality types, with one simply overpowering the other. Introverts perform well with time spent alone, while extroverts bask in the spotlight and energy of people around them. Introverts make good leaders because of their reflective nature. Extraverts are naturals in people management of their social skills. The edge of the introvert is in his ability to introspect which he has enhanced over the years. This makes introverts good coaches who can ably form strong teams.

But like anyone else, introverts need to work on their personal skills and branding to be in a position of leadership. Viesca offers the following tips:

1. Enhance your position. Prepare for meetings and presentations. Maximize every opportunity to shine.

2. Match the media with your message. Though email is the fastest means to reach out to colleagues, do not stay out of sight. Make use of the phone and face to face encounters to enhance relationships.

3. Attend to your internal customers promptly to build rapport and goodwill.

4. Network. Take advantage of social media to connect with new acquaintances, by sending relevant news that may interest them.

5. Contribute at meetings by giving your comments and asking relevant questions. Do it early on.

6. Stand your ground with talkers. Throw in your own views.

7. Be good-humored. Smile and laugh along with the others to avoid looking unfriendly.

8. Have good, relevant stories ready to use for meetings and spin an interesting yarn to them.

Introverts with leadership qualities will always shine. They simply have to learn to embrace their quiet ways, while expanding their horizon as they learn from different situations and learn to appreciate different viewpoints,” advises Viesca.


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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+


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