Extroverted behavior can be more effective in business when it’s infused with restraint. To practice more restraint, and stay focused on the things that really matter, try these methods:
* Delegate, don’t command and control. Effective leaders understand how to motivate with just enough direction that their people feel a true sense of ownership. Micromanagement occurs when your desire to act overwhelms the need to lead.
* Consider quality over quantity of voice. We all know the rare individual who does not talk often, but when she does, everyone listens. There is tremendous power in increasing one’s listen-to-talk ratio and choosing the right moments for expression.
* Always leave them wanting more. Consider cutting your meeting time by around 20–30% to make sure you focus on the right things first, and to understand that your goal may be to have them wish for more time, or be motivated to follow up.
Adapted from “The Power of Restraint: Always Leave Them Wanting More” by Anthony K. Tjan.