Tips on leading introverts

Introverts are different from extroverts!

It’s easy to turn them on and ratchet up their performance.

First, introverts are thinkers. This means they are problem solvers; they have good and well developed ideas. But they don’t tend to come forward and share. So, ask introverts for their ideas (but not in meetings—see below).

Second, introverts are observers. They tend to notice more than other employees. So, ask introverts what they are seeing.

Third, introverts are planners. So, call on introverts to create plans, or to review plans before implementing them.

Forth, introverts need time for themselves. Being with others saps their energy; getting away from the crowd energizes them. So, allow introverts time alone.

Fifth, introverts clam up in meetings. They will not compete for time to talk, will not try to persuade, instead preferring to remain quiet and observe. So, communicate one-on-one with introverts.

You’ll get quick results with these easy-to-use tips!

Martha Forlines and Thad Green

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