Suzanne Bates publishes a highly recommended blog including leadership ideas and books to share; a reference to her Blog is accessed by the following link:
Power Speaker Blog by Suzanne Bates: Thoughts on Leadership and the Power of Communication:
A book recently recommended by Suzanne is entitled: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. It highlights the importance of introverts, including differences in how they work with extroverts. This book is also included in my Leadership Page: Books to Share.
Several ideas quickly materialize when talking about this subject:
- Do you present ideas at a meeting necessitating immediate action for introverts and extroverts? Do introverts have time to reflect and consider such actions prior to solution steps being introduced by extroverts?
- An analogy for introverts vs. extroverts should also be considered for different cultures and how they work; some being more collaborative while others are more direct. In a world of increasing diversity, this leadership trait should be practiced, and understood.
- Are different personality characteristics of the team members understood by the team leader to ensure effective alignment?
- Is this topic discussed among the team, allowing each member to understand different approaches by different individuals?
- Are different responses by an introvert and extrovert embraced, including the phrases “I need a little time to think about this idea” and “Great, here is what I think we should do, when can we start?”
- How do you effectively plan additional time for introverts to think about leading a meeting, or making a presentation?
- How can introverts be extroverts in certain circumstances?
- Are different people leading meetings?
Leaders need to understand the power of effectively communicating with different cultures and personalities, including introverts and extroverts. This skill is often assumed and / or overlooked in career development. It may be a good time for self-reflection to understand Best Practices, thereby becoming a more effective leader.