All leaders bring their own personalities and virtues to their role. In recent studies, there has been a strong argument in favour of introverted leaders who listen and do not speak unless they have something worth saying.
Einstein, George Orwell, and Van Gogh were all introverts (Bloom, 2012). When analysing the role that leaders’ character strengths play in their success, I looked at the research conducted by Dr Ryan Niemiec of the Via Institute on character: ‘Research shows that knowing and applying our unique character strengths profile increases our life satisfaction and well-being’ (Via Institute Character, 2014).
I agree that all successful leaders need to conduct a searching personal audit of their character strengths and weaknesses as an important element of ‘knowing oneself’. It is important that a leader becomes aware of his or her skills and capabilities.
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@resilient_kids Deputy Principal – London