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Introvert leaders, play to your strengths to be more effective and influential

My latest column for The Globe and Mail went online last week, titled Leadership beyond words: Four strengths introverts have that are key to success.  In it, I focus on introvert leaders, and what the strengths they bring to the leadership equation.

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In a business world that frequently associates outspokenness with leadership, introverts are often misjudged, or even worse, undervalued for their leadership skills.  But introverts are just as influential and effective leaders as extroverts; they just bring different skills and strengths to bear.  Quite frankly, it is not a matter of extroversion versus introversion that produces exceptional leaders; it is how each person uses their innate talents to motivate and get things done through others.  In my latest column, I not only identify the four strengths that serve introvert leaders well, but I also outline five ways they can capitalize on their natural skills to make their voices heard.

If you’re a paid online subscriber to The Globe, you can also access this directly at their site via this link:

So what do you think?  Pretty much all the reactions I’ve received to this column are positive.  But I’m almost certain it’s the introvert leaders who are saying so.  I’d love to hear what you think, particularly if you consider yourself an introvert.  Does this ring true?  Please add your comment below.

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