“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
— Henry David Thoreau
I was always a quiet person growing up, and I still very much am. But growing up and being coined as the quiet girl, made me fearful of dreaming big and voicing goals of becoming a leader since I had yet to meet a quiet leader. A few years ago, I was introduced to a book called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.
This book taught me that the loudest person in the room isn’t always the smartest person in the room (even though he or she may be the most convincing). It also taught me how to embrace my quiet nature and pushed me to become a leader.
4 Reasons To Embrace Your Quiet Nature
- You listen more than you speak. This makes you a great leader, because having the patience to listen means that you have the skill to collect valuable information and give feedback that truly connects.
- You’re not afraid of solitude. You make time for yourself and enjoy being alone sometimes, which is completely healthy! Being alone actually gives you time to be reflective, think clearly, and craft creativity.
- You aren’t impulsive. You keep your cool during high stress moments. You might be freaking out on the inside, but people staring at you sure as hell wouldn’t know it! You’re less likely to take risks that will harm the people around you, but this sure as hell doesn’t mean you’re not a hoot to be around!
- You are unbreakable. Because you grew up needing time alone, not wanting to be the center of attention, you’re used to being misunderstood which makes you resilient! You’re not easily swayed and can handle any challenge that comes your way.
Keep on going introverts! You’re strong. You’re confident. You’ve got a bold personality. Embrace your quiet nature, because you’re a leader!