When we talk about leaders, two characteristics always come to mind: persuasiveness and charisma. Think great communicators who deliver speeches in front of thousands of people. And whenever they do, everyone’s hooked on whatever they have to say.
This is why we often assume that extroverts are natural leaders.
But that’s not always the case. Introverts actually make great leaders too. Many of them manage to build successful businesses, despite displaying “red flags” like being shy, timid, or meek.
If this sounds like you, stop comparing yourself to the typically extroverted leaders out there. For these “red flags” are actually signs that you are a more effective leader than you think.
Read on and find out why.
We often think of business people, especially those in sales, as fast talkers. They can rattle off product details without missing a beat, signifying both confidence and expertise.
However, this approach doesn’t always work. Especially if you’re managing a sales team.
According to studies, speaking fast only works if you’re conversing with someone who is likely to disagree with you. Case in point: when you’re selling something. Thus, speaking fast works for salespeople.
But if you’re trying to persuade the people you’re in charge of, it’s best to speak slowly. Learn how to pause and give them time to evaluate your ideas and thoughts. Allow them to chime in with a few of theirs and when they do, engage them.
Contrary to popular belief, talking slowly to emphasise important points isn’t a sign of weakness or hesitation. It actually takes a self-assured leader to communicate clearly and confidently – at a pace that those listening to them can follow.
Freely Admitting to Your Mistakes
Have you ever been criticised for displaying vulnerability? Well, you’re probably on the right track. Research shows that people respect admitting one’s mistakes more than stubbornly insisting otherwise.
Leaders, after all, are still humans. We can’t always make the right call, however much we might want to. There are just too many factors involved, and they won’t always be favorable.
So, if you make a mistake, chances are, your employees won’t hold it against you. Especially if you admit to your shortcomings and do your best to make things right.
Thus, if you want your team to respect you and follow your lead, start by showing them what accountability looks like. Own up when you fail to deliver and make up for it. That way, you can expect the same from them.
Remember, showing a little vulnerability isn’t a sign of weakness. Accompanied by accountability, it can signify confidence, humility, and humanity.
Who wouldn’t want a leader with those traits?
Waiting Before Jumping In
Great leaders act quickly and never wait. Or do they?
As a matter of fact, they do. Leaders are risk takers, yes. However, they take calculated risks. Thus, they hang back and observe several factors before taking the next step.
Aside from this, great leaders also rely heavily on the right timing.
According to a study, people are more charismatic when they’re in relatively high spirits. For example, morning larks prefer early meetings, when their energy and enthusiasm are running high, because that’s when they can think clearly.
Conversely, night owls function better at later hours because that’s when they’re most productive. Hence, as a leader, you have to know which time you’re at your best so you can handle your team better.
In this case, taking time to find your rhythm isn’t a bad thing.
Being More Active Behind the Scenes
A 2020 study discovered that office-based employees prefer managers and leaders who are charismatic, confident, and extroverted. This is likely due to their adeptness at office banter, water cooler conversations, and after-hours get-togethers.
But remote workers have a different preference. They like leaders who excel at planning, organising, and prioritising. Since WFH can present a lot of distractions, they appreciate leaders who can help them stay on track. In other words, they like people who get things done – however quietly.
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