A common misconception is that only people who are natural leaders can lead, that the leadership world is governed by extroverts. This theory is blown out of the water when you consider people like Bill Gates.
How is it that such an introvert could establish and lead one of the world’s largest companies and have such an impact on the world? How can you lead when you are not a natural-born leader?
The answer lies in two key factors.
1. Be the Best You.
Do not try to be someone you are not. Instead, work on being the very best YOU. What is YOUR gift? Develop it. Invest in it. Use it to solve problems. The person with the solution to a problem automatically becomes a leader. What if Bill Gates had become a lawyer like his attorney father thought he should do? For one thing, the world would have not experienced the technological revolution it has, and for another, chances are he would not have been a very successful lawyer. It was his father’s gift, not his. The verse, “What is that in thine hand?” comes to mind. What is in YOUR hand? It could be a computer, a pen, a tool, or a microscope. Whatever it is for you, use it to help others.
2. Reach Beyond You.
Surround yourself with those who have skills that are opposite of yours. If you are an introvert, you need extroverts to ensure the big picture is addressed, things get done, and promotion and marketing are effective. You don’t have to be a marketing genius, but you need to work closely with someone who is. If you are an extrovert, you need introverts on your team to take care of the details, ask the right questions, manage the financials, and ensure quality.
Introverts, take heart. You CAN lead. And it is easier than you think. You simply have to be YOU and reach out to those who are not.