With so much focus on diversity, there is a risk that women feel they either have to behave in quite an alpha female way in order to break through the glass ceiling.
Although very outgoing, competitive and forceful female leaders get great results and we can all learn from their drive, focus and ambition we can also learn a huge amount from more introverted female leaders who also achieve phenomenal results but who usually fly under the radar.
More introverted female leaders…
1. Are Deep Listeners
They take time to completely focus (without distractions) on their conversation with you. They ask powerful questions and they really listen to you – without simultaneously formulating a response.
They have wonderful eye contact while you are in their presence, they genuinely connect in a quiet, unassuming way.
These skills are powerful for developing meaningful relationships with others.
This is so important because very often you as a leader you will need to guide a team through change and you may find there is resistance. The very act of actively listening can melt it away, that is all some people genuinely want…to feel listened to.
2. Take time to reflect
Their recreation of choice tends to be solitary so they can take time to themselves and recharge. You’ll find them taking long walks, a hike, maybe a run or even a morning yoga/ meditation. This helps them reconnect, recharge and find balance.
Much has been written about the benefits of mindfulness at work, not only in terms of productivity but also increasing the capacity to make good decisions.
3. Trust their Intuition
When the mind is quieter there is a greater connection with the natural intuition every human-being possesses.
Sometimes when logic tells you to do one thing, intuition tells you to do the exact opposite – and for some reason, that is the right decision.
The effect of this in business in immeasurable both in terms of time, lower stress and bottom line value.