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  • Look at the leaders around you.

  • What do you see?

  • Calm, reasoned individuals,

  • who listen, and make considered judgements?

  • Or something very different?

  • Great leaders are often seen as classic confident, extroverts

  • who can speak without thinking,

  • react rapidly and change tack pretty frequently.

  • It's what best-selling author Susan Cain calls

  • The Extrovert Ideal”.

  • But is this really what we need right now?

  • I'd argue that the crises of our time need a more considered approach.

  • A quieter one.

  • Let's look at the status quo.

  • Extroverts are over-represented in senior leadership positions.

  • One study found an incredible 98% of top executives scoringvery high

  • orabove averageon the extrovert scale.

  • But people aren't on the whole satisfied with their leaders.

  • Could there be a connection between the two?

  • There are lots of examples through history

  • of successful leaders who have taken that quieter approach.

  • For example, Rosa Parks, Mahatma Gandhi, or Bill Gates.

  • Research shows that introverts often bring a great deal to the table.

  • They're more likely to listen and process the ideas of their team,

  • and consider those ideas deeply before acting on them.

  • They may be humble

  • and more likely to credit their team for ideas and performance.

  • And because their motivation generally comes from within,

  • they're less likely to compromise themselves

  • chasing rewards like money or power.

  • I think we need to re-examine the way our society

  • views effective leadership, and whether we really are allowing

  • the space for all team members to thrive.

  • Research suggests that between 40 and 60% of employees

  • tend to the quieter, more introverted, side of things.

  • They can often feel invisible in meetings,

  • because their thoughtful approach means they have difficulty

  • responding to those common on the spot questions.

  • Many leadership courses can tend to focus on extroverted team activities,

  • such as networking and presentations,

  • leaving quieter people perhaps mistakenly believing

  • they just don't have the qualities of a “goodleader.

  • An approach that fails to bring out the best in around half of us

  • is not just bad for quieter people, it's a disservice to us all.

  • Leadership is complex, but in a world of soundbites,

  • sledgehammer tactics and black-and-white thinking,

  • perhaps standing back and listening

  • can be empowering to leaders and their followers.

  • As the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu puts it,

  • the best leaders are those thattalk little

  • and when their work is done and their aims fulfilled,

  • their followers will say,

  • We did it ourselves.”

Look at the leaders around you.

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    Summer posted on 2021/01/14
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