Vol. 6, Issue 1 (2019)
Leadership and characteristics of introvert leader
Author(s): Raju Muhammad Shahidul Islam
Abstract: Introverted leaders think before they speak. Even in casual conversations, they consider others’ comments carefully, and they stop and reflect before responding. Introverted leaders seek depth over breadth. They like to dig deep, delving into issues and ideas before moving on to new ones. Introverted leaders are low-key. In times of crisis, they project a reassuring, calm confidence-think President Obama- and they speak softly and slowly regardless of the heat of the conversation or circumstances. Introverted leaders usually prefer writing to talking. This comfort with the written word often helps them better articulate their positions and document their actions. Introverted leaders are energized by spending time alone. They suffer from people exhaustion and need to retreat to recharge their batteries frequently. These regular timeouts actually fuel their thinking, creativity and decision-making and, when the pressure is on, help them be responsive, not reactive. Leadership is often associated with words like “charisma,” “power,” “outgoing,” and “confident.” As a result, introverted and quiet change-makers may have difficulties envisioning what their leadership looks like.