When people think of great leaders, the first impression that appears in their mind would be a loud, outspoken individual that appears to be able to control anyone in any situation.
But what if I told you that an Introvert can also become a great leader?
That being a great leader does not require to be the loudest person in the room.
All you need is a few tips and advice on how to influence those around you and you will find that being a leader as in Introvert is not that difficult after all!
One of the key aspects of becoming a great leader is to first be a great communicator and networker.
By being able to establish strong interpersonal relationships with others, you put yourself in a more optimal position to lead and influence.
Excel in Networking as an Introvert
Remember the three C’s of networking: Conversation, Connection and Collaboration.
With the three C’s of networking in mind, you can now begin your journey on networking and forming strong connections with other individuals.
Every relationship begins with a conversation.
Before you approach anyone to strike up a conversation, mentally prepare yourself to engage in a meaningful and purposeful conversation.
Relax and be confident, smiling will also help you look friendlier and more approachable.
Start off with non-personal questions to open up the conversation and be ready to respond to the other party by actively listening to their responses as well as noting their body language.
Understand that a conversation goes both ways and while you resist the urge to provide compelling information about yourself, be attentive and engage in a way that facilitates establishing a real human connection.
Connections are not measured by how many name cards you collected or how many individuals you spoke to at a networking event.
The quality of the connections you established are vital to your success in networking.
Figure out which individuals are most relevant to your current passion, talents and business.
Curate a list of these few professional contacts and nurture the relationship with them by contacting them frequently.
A key aspect to establishing strong connections is understanding the value that you can offer.
Part of making connections is helping others.
Always be genuine, generous and willing to help to the best of your abilities.
Networking would not be complete without collaboration.
It is a human dynamic that even introverts can take part in.
Most times, we need help from others and they need help from us.
Collaborating with others is an important part of building your network and career.
Relationships are also built upon healthy and active collaboration with others.
Take a step out of your comfort zone and be ready to offer a helping hand.
By working together with others, we learn how to converse, connect and collaborate more effectively.
Concentrate on building a network and collaborations that will allow you to improve and grow your reputation.
Influence with the Head, Heart or Hands
Now that you understand the basics of networking, learn how to use influence tactics to convince others and become a better leader.
The three H’s of influencing others are: the Head, the Heart & the Hands
The Head represents the logical aspect that affects the way you make decisions that will be more beneficial for every party involved.
It helps you present your argument to justify that your decision is the most logical for everyone.
The Heart represents the emotional aspect that helps you connect your message to the goals and values of the people around you.
It helps to promote a sense of belonging, well-being and service that will increase your chances of garnering support.
The Hands represent the cooperative aspect which will allow you understand how collaborating with others work and who you should collaborate with.
By understanding this concept, you will be able to effectively work and collaborate with others and it will increase your effectiveness in influencing.