Introverts come in all sizes and shapes with a wide range of experience, with many levels of confidence and competence, and with numerous titles.
Leadership is much less a function of position that it is of influence. And while it is true that some leadership traits come as gifts or inherited attributes, it is also true that effective leadership can be learned.
The good news is, if you genuinely want to be a better leader than you believe you are now, you can improve with hard work and deliberate and diligent practice. I will admit up front, it’s not easy. As Theodore Roosevelt is supposed to have said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or doing unless it means effort….”
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
At every level, leadership is about learning to become an instrument lifting and strengthening those you lead and by being a positive influence in their lives for good. Leadership has little to do with a score on any Myers-Briggs personality test.
Introverted leadership is about vision and imagination and stretching for greater heights.
It’s about affirmation and encouragement.
It’s about teaching and correction.
It’s about good listening and good coaching.
It’s about planning with a purpose and turning good plans into good results.
It’s about service and changing lives for the better.