I’m an introvert, and I used to struggle with self-doubt around my quieter way of being, especially as a team-lead.
It didn’t help that my managers told me that I was too quiet, too kind, too focused on harmony.
In the meantime, I’ve learned that many introverted leaders share the feeling of not being good enough.
Not outspoken, or decisive enough.
Not confident enough.
Not visible enough.
At the same time, Introverts have actually shown to be particularly good at many things, that are key in any modern leadership approach:
- Active listening.
- Forming genuine relationships.
- Observing and seeing ways for improvement.
- Being considerate of other people.
- Being humble and leaving space for feedback.
Learning about these qualities and actively developing them, has helped a lot with my confidence around my personality.
Plus, I can happily say that while I was certainly not perfect in my aforementioned leadership position, I had a very engaged team, and we’re still in touch to this day.
And yes, that’s me in India at one of my teammate’s wedding: