FRIHOST FORUMS SEARCH FAQ TOS BLOGS COMPETITIONS
You are invited to Log in or Register a free Frihost Account!


The introvert can also be leaders





90dota
Quote:
The Myers-Briggs test doesn't lie. Doug Conant is sure he's a born introvert, especially after taking the personality test half a dozen times. Running an organization of nearly 20, 000 employees wasn't easy for someone who would rather stay behind the scenes. Conant says it takes honesty, discipline, and necessary alone time for him to lead. Now, when he's not busy fending off takeover bids on Avon's (AVP) board of directors, Conant has perhaps the least-introverted job out there: He often stands in front of a roomful of people and tells them how they, too, can be leaders. His advice:

Don't change who you are

All of us introverts aspire to be more outgoing, but it's not in our nature. When I was nearly 50, I discovered that the best thing to do was to tell everyone I worked with that I'm just shy. People are not mind readers -- you need to let them know. Eventually, I developed this little talk that became an orientation to who I was and what I was trying to do. I'd tell it to new employees right off the bat. I do this so that everyone around me knows who I am, where I come from, and what I expect everyone to do in order to succeed. I have been doing it now for 20 years, and it really does build a strong sense of trust and get beyond all of the little superficial dances people do.

Say what's on your mind

At one point in my career, the CEO of Nabisco wanted me to be president of the sales organization. "You have got to be kidding me, " I said: "(a) I'm an introvert, and (b) I can't play golf." Still, I was put in that position. Emotionally, it was by far the most challenging job I've ever had, but I had to get it done. I've met so many leaders who realize that telling your colleagues something that is on your mind is so much easier than keeping it in. Sometimes the things we make up in our heads are not nearly as big a deal as we think.

Know who you work with

Most people think of leaders as being these outgoing, very visible, and charismatic people, which I find to be a very narrow perception. The key challenge for managers today is to get beyond the surface of your colleagues. You might just find that you have introverts embedded within your organization who are natural-born leaders. Extroverts may get places faster, but for introverts it's all about working at the pace you need and, at the end of the day, performing at your best.

Find alone time

For the better part of my career at Campbell Soup (CPB), I had a driver for my two-hour commute each way to work. I could sit and think. When I worked at Nabisco, I had a 10-minute commute, so I got up very early in the morning and had a cup of coffee at home in my garden. Introverts get more energy by having quiet time, compared with extroverts, who find energy by being around people.

Source: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/05/17/introverts-doug-conant/
lightwate
Quote:
When I was nearly 50, I discovered that the best thing to do was to tell everyone I worked with that I'm just shy. People are not mind readers -- you need to let them know. Eventually, I developed this little talk that became an orientation to who I was and what I was trying to do. I'd tell it to new employees right off the bat.


This reminds me of the dorm manager of my old dorm. 4 years ago he had a stroke but thankfully he recovered from it. Not fully though, we were able to talk to him 2 weeks ago about that and he says that it was really hard remembering stuff at first. He's almost fully recovered now but he says that sometimes there are words that he just can't say or use until he hears it again. It's like always at the tip of his tongue.

Sometimes when in a meeting he would answer questions and his answers are way off topic and the others don't know what to say (probably thinking how stupid this guy is). But then he also says that he found it helpful to just say to his colleagues about his condition and ever since they're just laughing it off.
mochipie
Hmm this is rather relevant for me since I'll be heading off into the business/finance sector of the job market in the future (give my current major in college, anyways) and I definitely consider myself an introvert. Yes, I may not be all out there and ready to talk to anyone at any time about anything, but I like to think that I'm a pretty thorough and cautious thinker, which I guess is needed sometimes in the business world. Smile
Insanity
While I think there are some good points here, and definitely sets a good example for many introverts out there, it still stands that extroverts have a much bigger advantage in the workplace in terms of leadership opportunities. This person in the article may be an outlier in the mass of introverts, most of whom will be destined for lower rungs on the corporate ladder. It's just natural that people who are skilled and enjoy meeting and talking to people will advance faster and further than those who don't. It's a simple fact of life. There are things to takeaway from this, such as being yourself and ensuring that people understand who you are, but for the most part introverts are shunted off to the side and will need to fake their outgoing-ness if they want to succeed in life.
Related topics
Japanese Association Condemns History Textbooks
Retarded leaders
Are your an introvert or extrovert?
Outrage as Australian Leaders Tell Muslims to Fit In
Religious leaders, US congressmen gather at iftar
Many religious leaders back climate-change action
World leaders at economic summit vow to cooperate
Religious leaders and Scientists agree on something???
Young & Dynamic Leaders the answers to the unsolved prob
Iran to meet with World Leaders
Animals as Leaders
introvert
What do you think about the European latest leaders?
The other side of the Syrian Crises, which US leaders ignore
Reply to topic    Frihost Forum Index -> Lifestyle and News -> Jobs and Learning

FRIHOST HOME | FAQ | TOS | ABOUT US | CONTACT US | SITE MAP
© 2005-2011 Frihost, forums powered by phpBB.