Mastering Your Distinctive Strengths as an Introverted Nurse Leader

Kathleen Z. Wisser, Robert L Massey

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This article contrasts the nursing leadership styles of introverts and extraverts and examines what each brings to the nurse leader role. While introverts and extraverts bring unique strengths, it may appear to introverts that extraverts garner the preponderance of attention in meetings and committee work. Strategies for the self-identified introvert nurse leader to successfully lead in an extraversion-centric workplace are described. The article ends with the personal journey of 2 nurse leaders who embraced their introversion traits and learned ways to flourish in health care and academic settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-129
Number of pages7
JournalNursing Administration Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019


  • extraversion
  • extraverts
  • introversion
  • introverts
  • leadership
  • leadership style
  • personality traits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management

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