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Don't overlook your introverts
Leadership requires far more than being loud
"An absolute mountain of evidence shows that human beings have a tendency to choose the most chatty and confident among us as leaders. But more and more research, including this latest Yale study, suggests introverts bring often undervalued skills to leadership.
Other studies have shown introverts tend to outperform extroverts in a crisis, for instance. This study suggests they're also more insightful when it comes to understanding other people's motivations and behavior, a key skill for effective leadership."
This is such a great article, and worth the read.
All personality traits have positive aspects, but they can be perceived as negative if they are too intense or used at the wrong time. For example, trusting people is good for building relationships, but too much trust becomes gullibility. Too much assertiveness becomes aggression; too much flexibility becomes indecision, and so on.
Consider how you can build the confidence of the introverts in your life, because they need that confidence boost in order to step into greater leadership roles… or even into small roles of greater empowerment. Even reading this article (and the Yale study it cites) actually can boost the self-confidence of introverts; please consider sharing it with them.
(Image by Getty Images & used in cited article)