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What It Means to Be A Quiet Leader

by Bradley Weinstein

If you are a leader and you know it clap your hands (Clap, Clap)! When you think of a leader, your mind probably went to someone who is vocal or is always seen in the front leading a group. It’s the person that captures everyone’s attention, the extrovert, the one who exudes confidence. I’m here to try to change your mind that this is not always what you have to be like to be a leader. Being a College of Business Ambassador, I am a leader of fellow students and the university, but I bet you do not know who I am.

To be a quiet leader can be hard. It can be easy to feel like you are never good enough since you are around people who are more vocal and loud. Maybe you’re the quiet one in the back who observed more than speaks, or the one that can never really get a word in. You have your own strengths that make you who you are and make you good at what you do. It can be hard to see that, but what you think holds you back actually helps you succeed.  You can lead in different ways and not have to change who you are. 

One way to lead is by example. There are multiple ways you can do this: by showing up to meetings or classes on time; and by being prepared with a notebook, pencil, and paying attention. By doing this, you can then figure out the best solution, and communicate your plan and lead in the way you feel comfortable. This is an extremely valuable way to lead, because then people notice and will see that the way you are operating can help.

Another way you can be a leader is to respect others’ works, ideas, and understand that something may not be a bad idea just because it wasn’t yours or you don’t agree. I have gained the respect and trust of my peers by sitting back and allowing everyone’s ideas to be heard and then offering up a plan that can incorporate ideas from everybody. To be any type of leader, you have to have the respect and trust of those around you or you will not be able to lead the group effectively. A way you can do this as a student is to not micromanage your group when doing a group project. You can break up the work and show that you have confidence in the others to get their work done.

There are more than just these ways to be a “nontraditional” leader. Your emotions can prove that you can lead a group without being vocal. Throughout your professional and nonprofessional life, you will have to be in front of people, be it giving a presentation or just talking to the cashier at the grocery store. The thing that is most perceptible about you is your emotions. This is why it is important to remain level headed when leading people, even when times are tough. Other people see your emotions and react to that. If you’re calm, they’re more likely to be calm in the same way that if you panic, they will panic too. This will help to make you a more effective leader.

Just because the traditional leaders of the world are vocal doesn’t mean you have to be to lead. Quiet leaders can be just as effective if not more effective than those that are vocal. Leadership is all about the person you are and not the person you think you should be. How you lead is enough and it will get recognized.

What It Means To Be A Quiet Leader

by Bradley Weinstein

If you are a leader and you know it clap your hands (Clap, Clap)! When you think of a leader, your mind probably went to someone who is vocal or is always seen in the front leading a group. It’s the person that captures everyone’s attention, the extrovert, the one who exudes confidence. I’m here to try to change your mind that this is not always what you have to be like to be a leader. Being a College of Business Ambassador, I am a leader of fellow students and the university, but I bet you do not know who I am.

To be a quiet leader can be hard. It can be easy to feel like you are never good enough since you are around people who are more vocal and loud. Maybe you’re the quiet one in the back who observed more than speaks, or the one that can never really get a word in. You have your own strengths that make you who you are and make you good at what you do. It can be hard to see that, but what you think holds you back actually helps you succeed.  You can lead in different ways and not have to change who you are.

One way to lead is by example. There are multiple ways you can do this: by showing up to meetings or classes on time; and by being prepared with a notebook, pencil, and paying attention. By doing this, you can then figure out the best solution, and communicate your plan and lead in the way you feel comfortable. This is an extremely valuable way to lead, because then people notice and will see that the way you are operating can help.

Another way you can be a leader is to respect others’ works, ideas, and understand that something may not be a bad idea just because it wasn’t yours or you don’t agree. I have gained the respect and trust of my peers by sitting back and allowing everyone’s ideas to be heard and then offering up a plan that can incorporate ideas from everybody. To be any type of leader, you have to have the respect and trust of those around you or you will not be able to lead the group effectively. A way you can do this as a student is to not micromanage your group when doing a group project. You can break up the work and show that you have confidence in the others to get their work done.

There are more than just these ways to be a “nontraditional” leader. Your emotions can prove that you can lead a group without being vocal. Throughout your professional and nonprofessional life, you will have to be in front of people, be it giving a presentation or just talking to the cashier at the grocery store. The thing that is most perceptible about you is your emotions. This is why it is important to remain level headed when leading people, even when times are tough. Other people see your emotions and react to that. If you’re calm, they’re more likely to be calm in the same way that if you panic, they will panic too. This will help to make you a more effective leader.

Just because the traditional leaders of the world are vocal doesn’t mean you have to be to lead. Quiet leaders can be just as effective if not more effective than those that are vocal. Leadership is all about the person you are and not the person you think you should be. How you lead is enough and it will get recognized.