Grow a Multimillion Dollar Business As An Introverted Leader!
Did you know that over 47% of Pakistanis are introverts? Learn how to growth a large scale business as an introverted leader!
Most of the world is split down the middle on whether they are an introvert or an extrovert. Look at this graph below and see that Pakistan is 47% introverted based on a study conducted in 2016. The United States is even more so at 50%.
Are you an outgoing personality type that loves interacting with people and socializing for hours on end? Do you get energy from being in a crowded room full of opportunities to engage in conversation after conversation? No? Then you must be an introvert. Humans are one of two major personality types, introvert and extrovert.
Introvert – A shy and reserved personality.
Extrovert – An outgoing and overtly expressive person.
All of our lives we are told to be bold, be daring, take risks, go outside of our comfort zones, to be happy is to be social. While I agree some of this is very true and useful, people should not force themselves constantly into situations that are emotionally and physically draining.
In the past, I always wondered how my career would grow as an introverted leader. To get to the levels of success I wanted, I would have to host meetings, give speeches, give sales presentations, and talk to a lot of people. I was petrified and didn’t want to do it, so I limited myself to being a behind the scenes guy for a long time.
Here are a few signs that you are an introverted leader.
1.) You enjoy time alone.
For an introvert, time alone is a very healthy habit. Being alone allows introverts to recharge their internal batteries so to speak. After being in a crowd of people for more than thirty minutes, an introvert’s energy levels start draining quickly because it is much more work for their system.
I can’t tell you how refreshing it is for me to get back home after a day of meetings or a night of socializing with friends. I do enjoy my time with friends, but there is NOTHING like retreating to my man-cave and closing the door for a while.
2.) Introverts lead best when surrounded by self-starters.
Introverts tend to want to remain quiet and in the background of most situations. If an introvert has built the right team around him/her, then the introvert can be one of the best leaders of all. By allowing teams to lead themselves a little more freely, introverts can get the best out of a group.
If an introverted leader has built the right team around him/her, then the introverted leader can be one of the best leaders of all.
However, an introverted leader cannot stay hidden and out of the spotlight 100% of the time. They will need to be able to step in and make corrective actions or coach team members from time to time. Simple corrective actions by the leader to re-align team members with company goals will go a long way. However, this only works for the introvert if they’ve chosen the right team.
I have been very fortunate to find the right team to help me with my introverted nature. I have hired extroverts to fill certain roles that I didn’t want to do. I also made it a point to spend several hours/days to train new employees about their jobs, so I could be more hands off later to monitor and correct them when needed. Yes, I sacrificed my comfort zone in the beginning so that I could get back into my comfort zone later. I firmly believe the employees appreciated this more than I do, as they don’t have their boss breathing down their necks and they are freer to express themselves.
3.) Introverts are able to think more clearly when left alone.
This fact is especially true for me. I never make a large purchase on the spot, and I never make a large purchase without my alone time. When other people are around me, my brain seems to work differently, and I am unable to connect to my analytical abilities to weigh the pros and cons of significant decisions.
4.) Other people have to ask you for your input or opinion.
Introverts are not likely to volunteer their views openly, that’s a job for extroverts. However, people do value the opinion of introverts too, but they have to ask you for it.
Yes, I have been guilty of this many times, and likely won’t be changing it anytime soon.
5.) When in a group setting, you don’t volunteer or raise your hand to answer questions.
This doesn’t mean an introvert doesn’t know the answers to questions. It merely says that introverts are perfectly fine with letting extroverts blurt out answers and take center stage.
I have been on both sides of the situation with this one. If I am confident that I am one of the smartest people in the room and I know the answer, I will quickly shout out the answer. However, if I have any shred of doubt, I won’t dare say a word.
6.) You often wear headphones in public.
I have recently found myself doing this! I sometimes don’t even have music playing. I realize that if I have headphones in my ears, then people are less likely to bother me. This means I don’t have to dig deep into my internal battery and muster up the energy to hold any type of conversation that I don’t want to. Hey, I only have so much socializing power in the day, why waste it where I don’t want to!
7.) You avoid people who are upset.
Introverts are susceptible to a sensitivity to negative valuations. When someone is angry or upset, introverts do not want to reflect that person’s negative energy towards themselves.
8.) People contact you way more than you contact them.
Wow, I am super guilty of this. I do not reach out voluntarily to my social circles when I have a few minutes to spare. I would rather listen to music or listen to audiobooks than have to engage in a conversation. Let’s be clear it’s not because I don’t love my friends and family, it’s because as an introvert, it’s hard to pull from the energy bar when I don’t have to.
9.) You don’t like chatty salespeople.
Not much can be worse for you than having to carry on small talk with some talkative salesperson. If a salesperson hits just the right chord with me, I can become chatty back, but it’s rare that it happens. When a sales guy starts off with telling me a story, I pretty much tune them out and sometimes just hang up the phone.
If I am in line at a supermarket and the cashier seems to be an outgoing extrovert with other customers, I will do my best to keep my head down, not make eye contact, get my stuff and leave without having to mum a word.
Being an introvert has its advantages and disadvantages. I am proof that an introvert is capable of building a large scale company, which has over 125 employees and produces millions of dollars per year in revenue. I just had to get creative in how I did it. Yes, I did have to step out of my comfort zone many times, but you know what? I survived.
As an introverted leader, I have limited my options in the past by not taking a job where I would have to be outgoing. I missed sales opportunities because I didn’t feel like chasing a lead. I have not lead meetings regularly even though I knew it needed to happen. There are challenges in owning, running and building a large company as an introvert, but if you are smart and surround yourself with the right people, you can make it happen. You will have to step outside of your comfort zone enough to train and coach people to perform up to your expectations, but the effort is worth it in the end.
Some might say that after reading this that I must be a lonely soul because of all the avoidance tactics I use, but I am quite the opposite. I am happy, energized and I am capable of being extroverted when I need to be. Thanks for reading!