There is a common misconception that introverts can’t be effective leaders because they are too quiet and unassuming for the job. This article argues that introverts can and often do become great leaders precisely because they bring strengths to leadership that extroverts often lack.
This article points to inspiring examples of famous introverted leaders, defines introversion, and describes the characteristics we commonly associate with introverts. It then describes the advantages and challenges of being an introverted leader. It also explains why introverted leaders are often misunderstood and shares sobering research findings that illuminate the biases against introverted leaders. This article then provides 10 practical strategies for introverted healthcare leaders to help them thrive in an extroverted work environment. It also suggests that healthcare organizations can create a more inclusive workplace by forming introvert affinity groups for their employees. Finally, this article contrasts introversion and shyness and suggests which characteristic will make the more effective leader.
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