Recently, I posted a TedxBend® which discussed why introverts make good leaders. This reminded me of an interview with OfficeNinjas where they asked me “Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert? How does that affect you as a leader?” My answer: I am an introvert.
For me, it’s been a struggle at times, being in a room full of people, yet too shy to speak up. But one of the best compliments I have received is that I’m a good listener. It’s a trait of introverts, who have an ability to quietly process their thoughts, humility, a calm and collected demeanor, and make meaningful connections. When you think about this, they are all great traits that make for great leaders.
However, it’s tough being an introvert, and I remember a time when it was almost paralyzing, especially in a business meeting where I was expected to talk. Surrounded in a room filled with top management and executives, I’m sitting and listening, really hoping I wasn’t being noticed and most certainly hoping not to be called on to speak. If you haven’t gone through this emotion, let me just say there is lots of anxiety happening.
What helped me to somewhat overcome this shy type of behavior was to look to my peers for inspiration and guidance. I joined Executive Assistant communities such as International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), Silicon Valley Catalysts Association (SVCA), and Administrative Center of Excellence™ (ACE) along with public speaking groups like Dale Carnegie Training and Toastmasters.
Take a look at this TedxBend® video with Angela Hucles as she asks “Why we need introverted leaders.”
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