Leadership for Introverts: Is It for You?

Leadership is something that is fundamentally part of society. It is necessary for any good society that someone stands up and takes charge.

We know leadership is essential, but does that mean everyone out there is a leader, especially introverts?

The fact is that some individuals are not made to be leaders. They are supporters.  And just as important in society as leaders are supporters.  So, where do you lie? Are you going to play leadership roles in your life?

Or are you better served to be a supportive follower?

For many people, the instinct to take those leadership roles comes to them. It is just something that happens. They step up to the plate when needed. They respond first in class.

While you cannot be first in every case, individuals with leadership skills will often be seen and heard throughout their lives. They take charge of the baseball game on the playground. They step up to the plate on the job.

People with an ambition to be a leader can do so by taking classes and studying the necessary skills necessary to be a leader. But not all leaders are born with this talent. Many of them must learn it.

While all of this may sound simple, learning can be quite a task. It is hard to teach a person to react in a poorly planned situation.

Because leaders are determined by their actions, we often see those leadership roles filled with individuals who put themselves out there to be chosen. But this is not always the case.

In many cases of emergency, leaders are those that take charge long before anyone else reacts. These individuals will have a cool head about themselves and be able to see the necessary work ahead while others are worrying, panicking, or simply in shock.

These are probably the true leaders in our society.

You don’t have to claim leadership to be a leader; you only have to take on the roles and responsibilities others will not assume.  Because it is easier to reap the benefits of another’s efforts and never lead, leadership skills will always be in demand.

—Ralph Chamberlain

Related: Can You Be an Introverted Thought Leader?

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