Productive Introvert Leadership Busting Barrier #5: The Perception that You Don’t Want to Talk (Anywhere)

Introvert LeaderThere are all kinds of implications to the whole thing about introverts not talking. They can include being unfriendly or stand-offish, being too shy to speak up in public, or being boring, having nothing interesting to contribute.

Of course, perceptions can be reset. Do you need a reset in the office so you can be perceived as a climbing leader?

If you’re an introvert, chances are you have some work to do so that when you speak, others listen. Here are some key actions to consider:

Make a goal for yourself to speak up in meetings. We listen more than we talk. That’s ok if the talking is almost as much as the listening. You might need to give yourself some specific goals to speak or contribute x times per meeting.

Not every statement has to be meaningful. Introverts tend to stay silent until they have something meaningful to contribute. You don’t have to. You’ll notice that in most meetings, people tend to repeat what others say only using different words. You can do that, plus ask questions to keep the discussion going.

Ask to be on the agenda. This works really well. You can prepare what you’re going to say ahead of time, which we introverts tend to love.

Don’t always agree. The upper management needs to know that you are willing to stand up for what you believe in. While it might be tough to make your voice heard over the rest, interrupt if you have to. (You don’t have to be disagreeable to disagree.)

Interruption isn’t always rude. Some people, especially the extroverts, see interruption as a form of interest and engagement. You don’t want to do this all the time, but it’s good practice to do it and it isn’t always seen as a bad thing.

Do what you do best – talk in small groups or individually. You will make greater headway in large meetings if you have “pre” meetings with others. These people are more apt to listen and support you because you have spent time together.

Get out of your office. Stop hunkering down in your office so much and spend time with the people who report to you. They need to know you’re a real human and also need to hear your guidance. A great leader needs to set direction and vision by great communication.

The lesson about talking may be the most important one as it’s all about communication and interacting with others at work. Learn these lessons well and nothing will stand in your way.

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