Introverts can make great bosses. Extroverts can also make great bosses. This is a debate that has raged since the invention of the terms. You need to make your own decisions on whether introverts are better bosses. What nobody can deny is they have skills extroverts don’t. Many of these skills are essential to becoming great bosses.
A lot of executives are still not convinced, though. 65% of executives still think introversion acts as a big barrier to leading effectively. Yet some of the greatest leaders in business are introverts, including Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Charles Schwab.
This article is going to go into the key skills introverts have that make them better bosses.
Your personality type can define your career destiny, according to the latest studies. One trait that puts introverts in a position to be bosses is prudency. Extroverts may jump straight into a situation because they think there’s a reward at the end of it. Introverts are more likely to question a situation before they move forward with it.
This is an entrepreneurial advantage because introverts will still take risks, but they will only take calculated risks. For many introverts, this has saved their businesses.
Learning by Listening
It used to be thought that extroverts succeeded because they didn’t care what anyone said and they didn’t care about criticism. In the modern age, this is often a bad thing because they’re unlikely to learn anything. Introverts learn through listening.
They’re more likely to take advice onboard because they heard it in the first place. With extroverts, it’s harder to get things to stick, so they tend to be slow learners.
Using Quiet to their Advantage
The easiest way to look at this is to imagine a room full of people. There’s that one person who never talks. They talk so infrequently it’s easy to forget they even exist. Yet when they do talk people listen. That’s how introverts get people to listen to them.
They’re leveraging their quiet nature to give their words more weight. People automatically think what they have to say is important otherwise they wouldn’t talk in the first place. This can be vital in a boardroom dominated by extroverts who never shut up.
In many way introverts are master manipulators.
They are Humble
Extroverts can be humble, but introverts tend to do it better. Introverts know about their achievements and they are less likely to overblow them. They can take an honest and sober look at what they do. They’re not afraid to admit where they made mistakes and they’re not scared to look back at their previous performance with a critical eye.
Discovering where your weaknesses lie is an essential trait in business. It’s the only way you’re going to grow and get better at what you do.
Better Able to Handle Uncertainty
Extroverts are naturally more sensitive towards being rewarded for their efforts, which forces them to attack situations. Introverts are less able to ignore uncertainty, and so they will only move when they’re sure they have a reasonable chance of success.
This can stop them from making potentially fatal decisions.
Working Alone is Easy
One way introverts can market themselves is through their natural ability to work alone. It’s a myth to believe introverts are unable to work as part of a team. They can and they do, but they still prefer to work alone. Introverts like to work in isolation because it allows them to focus better.
In the world of today, it’s a false belief to say most employers are only looking for people who can work in a team. It’s true many niches are becoming more integrated. Teams are being combined and these teams need people who can work as a team.
Introverts can do this, but they can bring a dash of focus and a different perspective into the office. Sometimes it’s necessary to break up that open office atmosphere to get down to some self-reflection.
So Are They Better?
It’s wrong to say that one is better than the other. Both introverts and extroverts come with their own set of skills. The best companies have a healthy balance of both introverts and extroverts. This allows a brand to gain the benefit of both perspectives.
They have the enormous enthusiasm and proactive attitude that comes from extroverts. They also have the sobering analyses of introverts. Together, they can make a business that succeeds.
What do you think is the best type of boss to have?
About the Author
I am a regular writer for Forbes, Inc., Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Media (among others), as well as CEO and Chairman of Alumnify Inc. Proud alum from 500 Startups and The University of San Diego. Follow me on Twitter @ajalumnify