Quiet Leaders show up in many different ways.
Perhaps you know you do your best work when you have time to process your thoughts. Or you’re fine in impromptu settings, but relish time afterwards to think about what was said. You may know that you get your best recharge when you have time to yourself. Maybe you have taken a personality type assessment like Myer-Briggs that identified you as an introvert on the introvert-extrovert spectrum. It truly is a spectrum and most of us flex as needed for different situations.
The fact is that Quiet Leaders show up in many different ways.
Personally, Quiet Leaders may be:
- Active listeners
- Hold more inside than expressed
- More extroverted in some situations
- Speak freely when passionate about a topic
- Confident in what they know but may not vocalize it
- Comfortable opening up to a small number of close colleagues and friends
- Best when they have time to themselves to think and re-energize
Professionally, Quiet Leaders often exhibit the above traits and can be:
- Well respected
- Credible mentors
- Trusted advisors
- People developers
- Confidants for other leaders
- Tremendously valuable to their companies
- Known for doing what they say they will do
- Viewed as aloof
I use qualifiers to describe QLs, i.e., may be, can be, often, typically, many, some, etc., because there is no such thing as a 100% introvert or extrovert.
What is the difference between Introverts and Extroverts?
A simple way to explain it (although these are general statements and every Introvert and Extrovert has her/his own unique personality and style) is: many Introverts think about what they’re going to say before they say it. Extroverts think as they talk. Introverts prefer quiet time alone to re-energize. Extroverts enjoy being with people to rev up their energy. Introverts tend to focus on their thoughts and ideas, what they have said and could have said. Extroverts pay attention to others’ reactions to what they are saying and adjust as they talk. Introverts prefer to stay focused on a project. Extroverts enjoy interruptions.
As one writer put it:
Introverts think, talk, think.
Extroverts talk, think, talk.
Every QL is a unique combination of strengths, expertise, style and personality traits. Many are deep and multi-faceted, which is why Quiet Leader Coaching is so effective with its client tailored approach to leadership development.
Are you a Quiet Leader or a leader who wants to work more effectively with or for QLs? Coaching will draw out your very best and develop you even further.
See blog post titled: Introverts are Outgoing, too.