The Quiet Leader-How to Be One

There are two types of quiet. One of which is quiet due to absence of noise and conversation and the other is from inner silence based on clear convictions, principles and focus. In the workplace and all areas of life, both are valid and relevant to producing the results that you desire. In my blog and during the month of January I’ll be writing about Spirit at Work and Leadership. Please encourage your colleagues and friends to visit JustMeans and sign up for our blog.

As a leader your power and strength come from a vision and willingness to act with personal and collective principles and actions. Knowing when to speak and share a goal and when to listen and allow others to lead is imperative to being a Quiet Leader with impact. The reason for doing this allows you to lead with grace and respect which encourages those you are engaged with to step forward. As a leader you need to create something to be known for and demonstrate that in your results.

As a leader your will be followed and remember more for how you are for the other person and your care in listening to those whom you work with. Your presence and listening provides opportunities for people to step into their power and to see you as the person that facilitated their leadership and professionalism.

As a quiet leader you want to identify and place yourself in arenas where you pick the right battles to fight and let the rest go. Being quiet at certain times provides the space and energy to focus on what is most important. If you step up and complain, take issue with every matter or personality difference then you loose your creditability and power as a leader. When you pick battles that aren’t in alignment with your principles and goals then you create static and distraction, which takes away from your focus and intention. It’s better to reserve your objections to matters which directly relate to your goals and to sidestep the others.

I find it important as a quiet leader to share less flash and ego and to gather allies in the work place who can understand and help you to demonstrate your vision and goals. The other benefit of this is that you engage those who know, perceive and can articulate an additional perspective that you may not see. Since you’ve been building your leadership by listening and being silent you have more clarity and space to actually take in other’s points of view. By having a vision and goals, and remembering who you serve you build momentum and creditability as a quiet leader. You want to stand tall behind and with your team as well as out front in leadership.

As a good solid leader I always recommend that you do some type of personal work to develop your inner quiet. It is suggested that you begin mediation, martial arts, observation techniques, exercise or personal coaching and focus the work towards something specific such as strengthening your quiet leadership.

Please let me know what you choose.