3 Myths About Introverts in Leadership, Debunked

By Anna Dunn, December 26, 2015

While it may seem like those with the biggest personalities—you know, the ones in the middle of the room working the crowd—are the natural-born leaders and go-getters, that’s not always the case. Introverts, take heart from these sources debunking the shy, antisocial stereotype. 

1. Introverts can take on a variety of roles.

“Every person is different, and trying to fit an extrovert or an introvert into a cookie cutter is a recipe for misunderstanding,” explained Julia Howell in Relevant magazine. “Introverts shouldn’t feel pressured to do what is socially acceptable, such as pretending to be outgoing if they don’t want to be. Conversely, introverts shouldn’t feel tied to the stereotype of solitude if they really enjoy talking with people.”

2. Introverts can be positive role models.

“[Good leaders] follow through on commitments,” wrote Trina Isakson in a blog on Idealist Careers. “They have strong characters and are consistent in their beliefs. They offer to help for the good of the team. Quiet changemakers can practice this aspect of leadership by knowing their values and contributing to a positive overall environment.”

3. Introverts are good at networking.

“It’s true that [introverts] don’t ‘work a room,’ jump at the chance to attend networking events, madly distribute business cards or go to parties,” wrote Dushka Zapata on Thought Catalog. “But we network in our own way: We talk to people one on one and get to know them well and understand what motivates them. We remain in touch with those we genuinely like. And many of us are powerful connectors, making critical, relevant introductions.”

Photo credit: John Santerre

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