Why Introverts Are Good Managers

David B.Weiss, M.D
Written by David B.Weiss, M.D

Introverted individuals can be found in the workplace, and sometimes we struggle to understand how to interact with them. We might mistakenly interpret their quiet demeanor as scheming against our work, when in reality, they are simply reserved and not inclined to talk excessively. Because many of us favor social personalities, we often assume that introverted individuals are unsuitable for leadership roles. However, they are actually well-suited for such positions. For example, Doug Conant, the former CEO of Campbell Soup Company and Nabisco Foods, as well as the current Chairman of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute, has openly stated his introversion and has succeeded in his role through dedication and hard work. The truth is straightforward.

Why Choose an Introverted Person for Important Roles:

  1. Works Quietly: Introverts tend to speak less but produce more. They channel all their mental and physical energy into their work, often immersing themselves deeply in their tasks.
  2. Less Likely to Argue: When faced with a problem in their work, introverts are less likely to argue with you and insist they are right. Instead, they will quietly address the issue.
  3. Problem Solvers: You can rely on introverts for their perspective on work-related challenges. They approach situations calmly, viewing them objectively, and offering thoughtful opinions and solutions.
  4. Avoids Creating Issues: Introverts are known for their reserved nature. They prefer smaller gatherings and are discreet about work-related matters. They are trustworthy, honest, and less likely to get caught up in office politics or conflicts, as they are highly focused on their work, often to the point where others may not even be aware of their contributions.

The introverted person can be a leader and hold a significant managerial position because of:

  1. Thinking: Introverts are known for their love of solitude and isolation, which they use for deep thinking. This is highly beneficial in the world of finance and business, which requires critical decision-making.
  2. Recognition: By openly stating, “I’m an introvert, I don’t like to talk much, that’s just how I am,” people will accept your silence and won’t misinterpret it as you preparing to take their job or wanting to exclude them.
  3. Innovating Supportive Means: Most innovators of new communication methods, such as Mark Zuckerberg, are introverted. They use social media to facilitate the delivery of their ideas through email and chat without speaking much. This makes it easier for them to handle their work. Therefore, it’s quite normal for an introverted manager to send work or business plans by email without having to meet people and follow up remotely.
  4. Meeting Presentation Time: Even social individuals fear speaking in public. It’s a natural fear we all have. Therefore, practice a lot before meetings, know your speech and its structure, and understand it. Use aids like videos and slides instead of talking too much. Also, read about 7 quick things that make you appear confident.
  5. Events: Social events at work, such as engagements or celebrations, are occasions where people know you’re introverted. Imagine their joy seeing you at such an event, even if you’re quiet. Go, smile at people, respond to those who talk to you, and don’t forget to arrive a little late. The place will be crowded, and no one will focus on you and talk to you too much, or go before the event ends, congratulate the person, and leave. The key is to try to attend more events.

About the author

David B.Weiss, M.D

David B.Weiss, M.D

I am known for my expertise in treating mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. I provide personalized care to each of my patients, tailoring treatment plans to their specific needs. I'm also a professor of psychiatry, teaching and mentoring the next generation of mental health professionals.