1 Surprising Personality Trait Sets Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk Apart :: Inc.com


started Facebook. is revolutionizing earth and space travel as we know it. is one of the most successful investors ever.

Besides ranking among the world's wealthiest people, what one personality trait do they have in common?

They're all introverts.

Introverts can be great leaders, too.

Introverts tend to get a bad rap. They're falsely portrayed as moody, shy, and withdrawn. There's also a that great leaders must be bombastic, charismatic, and outspoken.

But as the stunning success of the billionaires above and (including JK Rowling, Marissa Mayer, and Barack Obama) shows, there are many upsides to falling on the introverted side of the personality spectrum.

"Quiet leadership is not an oxymoron," says bestselling author and Quiet Revolution founder .

3 Tips for Thriving as a 'Quiet Leader'

If you also identify as an introvert, here's how you can lean into your strengths and let your quiet qualities can shine.

1. Make space for solitude.

Introverts are thoughtful and reflective. This is good news because research that the most effective leaders are self-aware. Studies have solitude to increased creativity and generating breakthrough ideas.

So go ahead, put " " on the calendar.

2. Don't underestimate your social skills.

It's a myth that introverts are bad at sales. Introverts make precisely because they're so skilled at getting inside customers' heads.

What's more, introverts' ability to empathize, listen, and ask thought-provoking questions makes them skilled at , too. They're just more likely to opt for one-on-one meetings or intimate group dinners over crowds and conferences.

3. Read, a lot.

Another quality Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk share? They're avid readers. In fact, Buffett to learning.

It turns out there may be , but no matter what your type, embracing your thoughtful, can be an essential ingredient to success -- not a hindrance.

Are you an introvert? How do your quiet qualities contribute to your success?