If you’re an introvert but want to start a business, it can sometimes seem too demanding, too far-fetched, or too much of a stretch for your personality. However, there are skills introverts can use from their daily lives to transform their business personality so that they can become excellent leaders. As reported by Entrepreneur, there are many aspects about introverts that can easily transform into leadership skills. Even “Bill Gates. Warren Buffet and Charles Schwab” are introverts.
“Introverts are prudent.” Rather than jumping to start and taking risks that may not necessarily pay off, or even put you in a worse position than when you started, introverts have a natural tendency to be more careful. “Unlike their extroverted counterparts who are more sensitive to rewards, which explains why extroverts are more pre-disposed to risk-taking, introverts take a circumspect approach to chance.” You have to be able to take risks to move a company and keep it running, to be adventurous and daring. However, there must also be a tiny voice in the back of your mind that keeps you prudent, which keeps your bottom line at the forefront of your decisions so that you do not expend your resources and waste them.
You listen to what people around you are saying and this can be a transformative and incredibly important skill to utilize as a leader. Listening, rather than always speaking up, is beneficial for introverts because, “They’re not thinking about what to say while the other person is still talking, but rather listening so they can learn what to say.” This makes them more well-liked in conversations because it actually allows them to have more conversations with meaning and substantial conversations rather than just a give-and-take of storytelling.
This is also incredibly helpful when you do speak because people will listen more intently. “Introverts leverage their power of presence: they ’own’ the moment by speaking calmly and deliberately, which translates into a positive perception.” The point of speaking up is that you want people to hear you and listen. Introverts, who remain quieter longer, capture this when they speak up because the people around them realize what they are about to say is most likely significant.
As in most cases, remaining humble will help you further your bottom line because it breeds respect and positivity. “Not to say that extroverts aren’t humble, but introverts tend to have an accurate sense of their abilities and achievements.” This allows introverts to be realistic about where they are and where they want to go. It allows introverts to be realistic about goals, goal-setting, and achievement of goals.