Do you sit in your leadership team meetings observing and reflecting as introverts do? Only speaking when you have something valuable to contribute? Not just speaking for speaking sake. Do people question why you are even there because they think you don't have much to say?
Unfortunately, the way that many leadership team meetings are held, doesn't play to the introverted leader's strengths. They are often a lot of buzz, lots of talk, with people firing off responses with very little reflective thought. And whilst these meetings may get results, they may have missed out on the valuable contributions of some of those present, all because they are not set up to engage with everyone in the best possible way.
If you are an introverted leader and can resonate with any of this, are you able to influence changing the style of your leadership meetings? If so, make suggestions to hold them in ways that play to both introverted and extroverted strengths. Just because your organization has held meetings the way they are held since time immemorial, doesn't mean that this the best way to have them and it doesn't mean that they have to continue to be held this way.
Be innovative and be bold for change. However, if you are not in a position to influence changing them, here are 5 tips that will help you to get your voice heard in ways that hopefully won't feel too alien to you.