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The unexpected leader

Not all leaders are energetic extroverts who thrive on connecting with large networks. Some leaders are more reserved, need alone time, and seek less stimulation throughout the day. These are the introverts of the world. And, while their unassuming traits may seem like a major disadvantage to leadership, introverts can leverage them into distinctive strengths. 

So, how does such a seemingly passive and reserved person become a successful leader and rally their cardiovascular service line (CVSL)?

Look no further. We’re sharing 4 tips for staying an introvert and emerging a leader.

What type of leader are you?

Extrovert Extrovert

Likes to talk Likes to talk

Likes to talk

Enjoys the spotlight Enjoys the spotlight

Enjoys the spotlight

Acts before thinking Acts before thinking

Acts before thinking

Needs daily interaction with groups of people Needs daily interaction with groups of people

Needs daily interaction with groups of people


Introvert Introvert

More reserved More reserved

More reserved

Feels stressed in the spotlight Feels stressed in the spotlight

Feels stressed in the spotlight

Listens first then takes action Listens first then takes action

Listens first then takes action

Needs more alone time Needs more alone time

Needs more alone time

Connect 1-on-1 Connect 1-on-1

As an introvert, you have the innate tendency to listen first and talk second. This is the perfect tool when it comes to connecting with members of your CVSL. By effectively listening to your staff members, you can understand their goals, challenges, and needs, and then put a plan in place to set each member up for success.

“People can handle change much better, as long as they understand why.” “People can handle change much better, as long as they understand why.”

When people understand the “why,” it allows them to apply their own critical thinking skills to the situation. It also allows the opportunity to gain buy-in and alignment. You’ll be amazed at the unique ideas and solutions you hear from people when you take the time to explain your reasoning to them.


Be the calm amongst the noise Be the calm amongst the noise

Working in the CVSL can be hectic. Personalities may clash, problems may arise, and delays in productivity may occur. So how do you respond as a leader? Use your inherent ability to stay calm and look for opportunity among the disruption.

Calm and collected

When a chaotic situation arises, follow these steps:

1. Take a step back and assess the problem  2. Reframe the situation and see potential opportunities  3. Formulate a timely plan of action  4. Put your plan into action 1. Take a step back and assess the problem  2. Reframe the situation and see potential opportunities  3. Formulate a timely plan of action  4. Put your plan into action


Team up with an extrovert Team up with an extrovert

Extroverts have strong traits that also make them great leaders—and great mentors. Their outgoing personalities can play a huge role in getting their team motivated.

This aspect of extroverts can also help introverted leaders break out of their shell. Through coaching, introverts can develop the complementary skills needed for empowering their staff and managing their departments.

QUICK TIP! Step out of your comfort zone

Sharpen your leadership skills by practicing these 5 extroverted techniques:

Look outward Look outward
Use small talk Use small talk
Don't overthink everything Don't overthink everything
Be proactive Be proactive
Attend events Attend events


Rest, recharge, and repeat Rest, recharge, and repeat

One key to remember is, take time for yourself. As an introvert, constant stimulation can lead to utter exhaustion. While stepping out of your comfort zone is important for growth as a CVSL leader, it’s also critical to build your energy back up.

The key for introverts is to recharge, drop back, and take some time for themselves The key for introverts is to recharge, drop back, and take some time for themselves

Power up your mind

Whether it’s during the work day or after hours, it’s important for you to disconnect, reflect, and do activities you enjoy.

Schedule alone time

Take a quick walk

Dive into a good book


Leading with confidence

Although leadership may see introversion as a disadvantage, the innate traits of introverts are a solid foundation for any leader. Introverts have key strengths that make them powerful relationship builders. And having a calming, thoughtful, and attentive leader may be exactly what a team needs. And, if you add a dash of extroverted qualities to the mix, introverted leaders can continue to grow and empower their CVSL like never before.

If you empower people, as an introverted leader might do, and invite people to join the conversation, they will learn faster and work better together. If you empower people, as an introverted leader might do, and invite people to join the conversation, they will learn faster and work better together.

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