If you believed the news was a fair reflection of society you would have a skewed view of reality. The same is true of the way that the media portrays leadership. Many successful leaders achieve quietly and unobtrusively. But this isn’t exciting so you don’t hear a lot about them.
It’s time to rebalance the picture – to tune into an alternative channel. That channel shows that both extroverted and introverted leaders can be successful by understanding their respective strengths and blockers as well as how to get the best from people who are a different behavioural style.
Clearly explaining what you are looking for in terms of improvement from a member of staff can save time, energy and stress for you and your staff member. The SBI feedback model is a useful tool to follow.
Unless thought has been given to what individuals or teams are there to achieve as an outcome (not the same as what they are there to ‘do’ ) a lot of time and energy can be wasted either doing things that are duplicating what someone else is (or should be) doing, or things take much longer than they need to. As a result what is delivered can often be unnecessarily complicated / over-engineered or just plain wrong as a means to deliver the intended outcome/purpose of the team or individual.
Many of the activities associated with today’s world (especially the business world) can be challenging for introverts. It is therefore extremely important for introverts to build an armoury of strategies that help them to cope, and ideally to thrive, in this kind of environment.
Positive psychology an neuroscience are showing that success is a function of happiness rather than the other way round. This requires us to re-think how we develop ourselves and our people. We need to work on our thinking and happiness as the route to success.