Three superpowers of the introverted leader

In today’s world, it’s not uncommon for teams or groups to automatically bestow leadership roles (whether formal or informal) on the most extroverted people – those whose voices are loudest. You see it often in social groups, schoolyards and workplaces. 

While it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it can mean the value of quieter leadership can get overlooked. So today, I want to shine a spotlight on the powerful traits introverted leaders can bring to the table.  

  • Listening deeply 

In many cases, those who speak less listen more. An introverted leader may be more likely to reflect and process information more deeply before sharing an opinion or giving feedback. This careful, thoughtful approach can lead to more nuanced understanding and insights, fostering a culture of empathy and mutual respect within teams.

  • Gaining permission to lead 

A larger-than-life persona is often seen as the traditional leadership archetype. However, a quieter and more nuanced approach can be powerful in creating meaningful connections that inspire others – and this can be a cornerstone of a highly cohesive and high-performing team. 

Leadership is not just about being assigned a title or a position. It’s about earning the right to lead by connecting with others and bringing them along on a shared journey willingly. A more introverted leader may excel in this aspect, leveraging their natural inclination towards fostering deep relationships to earn the right to lead. 

  • Finding strength in humility and self-awareness 

Humility and self-awareness are powerful leadership traits. Introverted leaders, who are often introspective by nature, are primed to cultivate these qualities. 

The ability to self-reflect and recognise strengths and areas for improvement in oneself not only enhances personal growth but also sets a powerful example for others. This openness to feedback and willingness to adapt helps the team grow and evolve together.   

Leadership diversity is key 

Of course, all of this is not to say you shouldn’t hire extroverted leaders – charisma and a strong voice are incredibly powerful in their own right. 

However, embracing diverse leadership styles is critical to building multifaceted teams capable of achieving extraordinary results. 

So, this is simply a reminder not to overlook your quieter team members as they may hold a power that speaks volumes in its stillness.