One of the first things a person needs to find out about themselves before moving on to doing something is learning what personality traits do they have. But oftentimes, such discovery might upset the person, if they for example find out that they are more introverted than extroverted, and they fall into the trap of stereotypes thinking that they are not suitable for a specific kind of work. Tad Lusk is a person who works with introverted people that proceeded to become leaders and shows that it’s very much possible to be successful even if you tend to be more introverted than extroverted.
It’s important first to understand which traits of personality actually show that you are an introvert and how being an introvert is defined. Tad thinks that introversion and extroversion exist on a continuous spectrum. Every individual is unique and is going to fall in a different place on that spectrum. However, it’s possible to pick out a few commonalities that apply mostly to introverts and some of those things would be. A lot of it has to do with how we maintain and restore our energy.
People that fall a bit more on the extroverted side of the spectrum, draw a lot of their energy from interaction with others. Despite needing some time to recharge by themselves, if they spend too much alone time can result in feeling exhausted, tired, and unmotivated. The opposite tends to be true with those on the introverted side of the spectrum. Introverts need more alone time or solitude to recharge and feel at their best, to then be able to come into situations with more people.
For introverts, there’s a natural tendency towards introspection and reflection because of feeling more comfortable with solitude which leads to deep thought and focus. That’s why creativity and intuition might make introverts sensitive towards the feelings and needs of others.
Ted himself is an introvert, and it took him some time to figure out how to be a good leader and entrepreneur, while also satisfying his innate needs. He had to develop great self-awareness and learn to recognize warning signs when the “battery” was starting to get low and he needed to recharge. He created support networks to get help from dear ones and colleagues, to prioritize his life and self-care outside of work to make sure that the life outside of work was rich and rewarding. He focused on habits and activities that recharged and nourished him. And over time he developed some strategies to be himself: listening to music, making time to read and absorb information, gardening, hiking or spending time in nature, being with a couple of close friends and loved ones, daily meditation and prayer etc. Those things created a certain level of grounding so that when the time came to be fully present with clients he could be fully engaged with them.
A few things Ted recommends to be a successful leader despite not always feeling like being around people are to develop a few hobbies outside of work that helps recharge, keep trying to learn about yourself, and invest in yourself. Investing time in yourself is never time wasted. Whether it’s through counseling, coaching, meditation or your own spiritual practice, get to know yourself inside and out. Invest in yourself either financially through programs or coaching, or invest time and energy into learning the new skill that you’ve been thinking about or in your personal growth and development. It’s all going to show in how you deal with other people as a leader, in the quality of work that you do, and in the quality of presence that you bring to your interactions with people.
If you are interested in learning more about finding the ways to navigate the introverted part of yourself and signals to identify that you are not taking good care of your innate needs, listen to the whole conversation with Tad on the Genius Leadership podcast here.
Stay tuned and be genius!