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  • Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Mahatma Gandhi

  • Abraham Lincoln

  • What do these people have in common?

  • Well, each was a universally recognized leader.

  • They've all been lauded for their people skills and incredible talents.

  • And they all had an especially pretty natural knack for diplomacy.

  • Combining groups of people that in many cases didn't really get along.

  • And each was an introvert.

  • Yes WellCasters, today, we've got another Myers Briggs episode for you.

  • If you don't know what the heck we're talking about, click over here.

  • Today, we're gonna dispel the myth of introverts can't be great leaders

  • and show you introverted qualities that successful leaders of all Myers Briggs types should have.

  • Really, the best thing any leader can do is capitalize on their individual strengths.

  • As Susan Cain says inQuiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking

  • In the long run, staying true to your temperament is the key to finding work you love and work that matters.

  • It's a common misconception that only extroverts make for natural leaders.

  • But in fact, introverts have certain innate strengths that also let themselves to excellent leadership.

  • One: Introverts think before they speak.

  • Often, conflicts between a lot of people are only made worse

  • by the fact that everyone's talking and nobody's listening!

  • When this happens, most soft spoken people sometimes are the people with the most valid opinions by the way are lost in the den.

  • Introverted leaders however tend to first contemplate all sides of the argument.

  • Giving everyone the chance to express their point of view before forming an opinion.

  • Two: Introverts make an effort to place substance over personality.

  • Let's face it. Extroverts love people and they love meeting new people

  • and hanging out large groups of people.

  • And that means that they're more susceptible to make judgments based on charisma and personality.

  • Uhh, I really like that guy.

  • You might hear an extrovert say.

  • He seems like a lot of fun.

  • Introverts are more likely to judge a person or a situation based on objective demanding criteria.

  • We'll defer to a particularly effective introvert president, Abe Lincoln

  • who after taking office, actually hired his political rivals to be on his cabinet.

  • These people had frankly nuts on anything nice about when he was on the campaign trail

  • but Lincoln put aside his personal feelings to concentrate on a larger issue at hand.

  • Three: Introverts are great at anticipating every acting to change.

  • Introverts tend to live in a world of possibility.

  • The energy that they don't always expend in talking and socializing

  • they put it in introspection, imagining the ways in which a certain situation might unfold weighing decisions

  • contemplating the consequences of certain incidents.

  • When plans change, introverts are often equipped for what comes next.

  • This is why they are great introverted leaders in the tech world

  • where the ability to pivot as they say is a huge asset.

  • And hey, look no further than introverted business tycoons, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.

  • These guys built their careers on anticipating what's next.

  • Four: Focus is everything.

  • Introverts aren't easily distracted.

  • In fact, they're more likely to devote their undivided attention to a project

  • whereas extroverts often plagues what's been called,

  • Oooooh! What's that?” Syndrome

  • Whatever the project, a leader needs to keep his team on task.

  • Not lead them from objective to objective without seeing each task through the completion.

  • To recap, if you're an introvert, it's not always easy to live in an extrovert's world.

  • But did you know that you have some awesome qualities that make you a great leader?

  • Okay for one, you listen instead of talking which I can't do.

  • And you carefully weigh each other's opinions before you make your own decision.

  • You're less likely to be swayed by charisma.

  • You're better at being prepared for unexpected situations.

  • And you aren't easily distracted from your goals.

  • Keep this in mind: introverts and extroverts alike.

  • The best way to lead is to know and play to your strengths.

  • Well, that's all from me today WellCasters.

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