The 1 Trait Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk Share That Makes Them Better Leaders
Embracing this quality may make you more successful, too.
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Besides all ranking among the world's wealthiest people, what one personality trait do they have in common?
They're all introverts.
Introverts can be great leaders, too.
Introverts tend to get a bad rap. They're falsely portrayed as moody, shy, and withdrawn. There's also a misconception that great leaders must be bombastic, charismatic, and outspoken.
But as the stunning success of the billionaires above and others (including JK Rowling, Marissa Mayer, and Barack Obama) shows, there are many upsides to falling on the introverted side of the personality spectrum.
"Quiet leadership is not an oxymoron," says bestselling author and Quiet Revolution founder Susan Cain.
3 Tips for Thriving as a 'Quiet Leader'
If you also identify as an introvert, here's how you can lean into your strengths and let your quiet qualities can shine.
1. Make space for solitude.
Introverts are thoughtful and reflective, which is good news, because research shows that the most effective leaders are self-aware. Studies have also linked solitude to increased creativity and generating breakthrough ideas.
So go ahead, put "me time" on the calendar.
2. Don't underestimate your social skills.
It's a myth that introverts are bad at sales. Introverts make great entrepreneurs precisely because they're so skilled at getting inside their customers' heads.
What's more, introverts' ability to empathize, listen, and ask thought-provoking questions makes skilled at networking, too. They're just more like to opt for one-on-one meetings or intimate group dinners over crowds and conferences.
3. Read, a lot.
Another quality Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates share? They're avid readers. In fact, Buffet devotes 80% of his day to learning.
Are you an introvert? How do your quiet qualities contribute to your success?
BY Amanda Pressner Kreuser