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6 Qualities Of Introverts That Make Them Great Leaders

6 Qualities Of Introverts That Make Them Great Leaders

When you picture a person with leadership qualities, you most likely see an out-going, boisterous, larger-than-life individual who makes his presence felt wherever he goes. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with these types of leaders, it’s important not to discount those leaders who are more reserved in nature, but still manage to accomplish great tasks. The quiet introvert has many great leadership qualities, including:

1. They are natural analysts

While extroverts are the ones always attempting to steal the spotlight, introverts are content to sit back and watch situations as they unfold. Think of them as the omniscient narrators of a story: they see everything objectively, and because of this, can see from a variety of perspectives. In doing so, they’re able to weigh the pros and cons of any decision extremely well.

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2. They manage uncertainty well

As I just mentioned, introverts tend to analyze situations ad nauseam. Although you might think this causes them to hesitate much more than would be considered product, it also means they don’t end up shooting from the hip and choosing whatever action first comes to mind.

They also stick with problems when they don’t initially work out for the best, rather than scrap the project and leave it all behind. Leaders need to be persistent, and introverts have the ability to work through any mistakes they may have made in order to find a successful path.

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3. They listen

When a meeting is called, extroverts usually spend most of the time talking, and not enough time listening. Even when they’re silent, they’re usually just waiting for their next turn to speak. Introverts, on the other hand, pay attention to every word that is said at all times. They thrive on hearing other people’s perspectives and learning about their past experiences. In doing so, they’re able to take many different pieces of information into consideration when debating which direction to take the group.

4. They speak seldom, but deliberately

This is not to say that introverts don’t talk at all; they definitely do. But they aren’t the type of people who talk just to hear their own voice. When they open their mouths, it should be a cue for everyone else to get quiet, because they’re going to say something worth hearing. More often than not, people will listen to introverts when they speak, since it happens so infrequently. This gives them the opportunity to know their voice is being heard, no matter how little they say.

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5. They’re humble

Introverts are full of humility. They never look to take credit for a great idea, and are never really offended when criticism comes their way. As a leader, it’s important to share accomplishments with the group, rather than boast about all the great things you as an individual did to make things happen.

And there will certainly be times that those under you disagree with your ideas or decisions. Instead of taking it personally, learn from what your team has to say. Sometimes, the difference between being a boss and being a leader is your ability to let others have a voice.

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6. They work well alone

Although being a leader obviously requires you to work as a team, you’ll also have moments where you let your team collaborate on a project while you close your office doors to get major tasks accomplished. Introverts are, of course, able to spend long periods of time on their own, which allows them to focus on important tasks until they complete them. Even while crunching numbers and working under deadlines, as long as an introvert can find a quiet place to work alone, he’ll be completely at peace.

Featured photo credit: Close Up of The Thinker / Brian Hillegas via farm1.staticflickr.com

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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