CVForward > 4 Leadership Tips for Introverts
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.
Likes to talk
Enjoys the spotlight
Acts before thinking
Needs daily interaction with groups of people
Feels stressed in the spotlight
Listens first then takes action
Needs more alone time
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.
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.
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.
When a chaotic situation arises, follow these steps:
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.
Sharpen your leadership skills by practicing these 5 extroverted techniques:
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.
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
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.
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