There’s a weird misperception out there that to be a Bad Ass BOSS, you have to be an extrovert. Well, I’m here to to dispel that myth…forever!
I am an Introvert AND a BOSS.
And while the journey hasn’t been entirely easy, I’ve figured a thing or two out and I’d like to share it will any fellow introverts out there, thinking it can’t be done.
The fact of the matter is, introverts are every bit as awesome as the most exciting extrovert is. Just in different ways. We are listeners, processors and thinkers. And those are great things to be!
Roughly 4 in 10 top executives, including Larry Page, co-founder and former CEO of Google, are introverts. And if Larry Page can do it, then damnit, so can I! I’ve found that the trick to being a BOSS as an introvert is learning what works for you and what doesn’t.
By knowing what you are (and aren’t) capable of, you can learn how to use what you’ve got to succeed. Here are some things I’ve learned about how to be a Bad Ass BOSS Lady and an Introvert:
Learn how to turn your perceived weaknesses into strengths
For some reason, introverts get a bad rep. They come off as shy or disinterested. Maybe somewhat awkward. But nothing could be father from the truth. We are simply observing, taking mental notes, and listening.
By learning to play into your strengths, you can put them to work! I find that I’m pretty good at putting people at ease and engaging in authentic conversation. I may not be the most bubbly one in a group, but put me one on one with someone (or two on one) and it’s game on.
The importance of listening
This is the biggest superpower we introverts have! The better you are at it, the more people will talk to you. The more people talk to you, the more you can get to know them. This skill is a blessing with clients and employees alike. Listening makes people feel heard. And when people feel heard, a bond is made.
Surround yourself with your DREAM team
Finding a dream team is hard, but oh-so important! Finding the right people who work well with my quieter, more reserved (yet still playful and totally awesome) approach to business has resulted in productive teams that allow success to flow.
Create a productive environment
Balance is key here. While I could easily work alone, it’s not for everyone. By creating an environment that allows for quiet time and interactive time everyone stays satisfied and productive.
Know when to take a break
As any introvert knows, being around people for too long can be exhausting. We introverts get our energy from alone time. So when you start to feel depleted, take the space you need to recharge. A little self care can go a long way.