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Adrian Malpass

Business Developer (Emotionally Intelligent), The Experience Group


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Do introverts make better leaders?

Part of what I do is involved in developing emotionally intelligent businesses, leaders and teams.

Having recently seen Susan Cain's video on TED.com on 'The Power of Introverts' and listened to her in a recent radio interview here in the UK, I am increasingly finding my mind occupied by wondering about any link between being an introvert and being a successful leader.

My experience tells me that introverts quite possibly, or even probably, make better leaders than 'extroverts'.

What are your thoughts?

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    Apr 3 2012: Extrovert leaders I think tend to follow a simple, linear direction, following their own individual judgement of where that direction should go, and usually with great speed. This looks like strength and competence, particularly to those who themselves are ill at ease with the responsibility of leadership.

    Introvert leaders are collaborative and empathic. They are genuinely interested in the views of others, so the direction in which those others are led, is more likely to be democratic. But it is definitely a slower process, and thus incompatible with the way businesses are run.

    i think it depends on the end goal of the group being led. Each leadership style has value, depending on whether the end goal needs quantity or quality.
    • Apr 5 2012: Well said sir. I consider myself an introvert and I am a leader of people. You described me to a tee.
    • Apr 7 2012: You have described what I have always thought about myself, I am also a leader of people and always seek collaboration from my team. I feel that if I can get their point of view and make plans together they will by into the end result and we all become successful. I am someone who empathizes and takes seriously their concerns, I help them out whenever I can and I teach them how to do things. This type of leadership I believe is beneficial for the long term viability of an organization. Unfortunately we are in an age of needing results fast and when we can't see the forest for the trees the slower process isn't as valued. I am motivated by the growth and learning my staff achieve from my coaching it is very satisfying to believe in someone even though others don't, work with them and have them succeed. I believe that quality is always better than quantity because quality will eventually give you quantity. I have sacrificed my own success because I truly believe in the long term success of a team. I believe a good leader needs to listen to their staff, gain their trust and respect and work with them and not above them. You need to understand the challenges they face, celebrate their successes and support and help them when they are struggling. I don't believe there are a lot of leaders who are solely focused on the success of their people. My experience shows a lot of managers focused on themselves and their success and will most times not be honest about the obstacles their staff are experiencing just to make themselves look good. It is in everyone's best interest that we talk about those challenges because in today's environment of do more with less productivity is suffering hugely.
    • Apr 7 2012: Really well said, Allan. People tend to think that extrovert leaders are more powerful and competent than introvert leaders. But the former one can be shallow even though they may look like the people with charisma . We should not judge people by their mere personalities or behaviors. Introvert leaders can definitely be better than extroverts.
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      Apr 10 2012: I was in engineering management for many years and was always an introvert. I had to learn through experience and patience to work productively with peers, bosses, and engineers. It was not always working in the beginning so a lot of practice was required, which I got! I found that my introversion made others feel safe to express their ideas to me and this ended up producing superior solutions to the technically difficult problems we had to solve on a daily basis. I especially liked (after a while) working with peers who were extroverted, since we had an interesting back and forth, especially in group settings, that moved us both to the behavioral center (ambivert?). Working with an extroverted boss was much more difficult and often resulted in wasteful clashes over management style: "you need to TELL them what to do!" "I feel it may be better to work together to find the best solution"...
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    Apr 12 2012: A definition of extrovert and introvert...
    An extrovert leans towards needing external stimuli to occupy their minds.
    An introvert can occupy their mind with very little external input.

    I'm not sure about the idea that all introverts are shy and all extroverts are social studs!
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      Apr 13 2012: From all the comments I have read, I think I read them all, this is the first comment towards the right direction. The second possibility with shy and social people, that you exclude, is the one that comes to someone's head first (including my own). The majority of people, I think that this is how they define introverts and extroverts. Some others believe that it has to do with yelling.
      The final conclusion is that most of the people, in this debate, are confused. The author should provide accurate terms. That would be an extra motive to buy the book and to participate in a conversation that would provide useful results.
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        Apr 14 2012: Look what I found on line about introverts.....maybe this helps you:

        Basically, an introvert is a person who is energized by being alone and whose energy is drained by being around other people.

        Introverts are more concerned with the inner world of the mind. They enjoy thinking, exploring their thoughts and feelings. They often avoid social situations because being around people drains their energy. This is true even if they have good social skills. After being with people for any length of time, such as at a party, they need time alone to "recharge."

        When introverts want to be alone, it is not, by itself, a sign of depression. It means that they either need to regain their energy from being around people or that they simply want the time to be with their own thoughts.

        I personally have acted like an introvert at times, and other times, as an extrovert. I think that is why the presenter of the TED talk closed with the fact that we don't have total introverts and extroverts. Balance is key....
        • Apr 16 2012: Introverts get drained by being around people too long because in most social situations people do not act true to themselves, they put on a front, or a projection of how they think they should behave, a form of political correctness or self-monitoring in psychological terms. Introverts can see through this (speaking about myself as an introvert on the myers-briggs test) and so this type of environment becomes unpleasant in long durations. Of course if the social setting is a true reflection of people projecting their true personalities, then introverts do not get drained and gain satisfaction from the experience.
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      Apr 13 2012: Rob --

      A good analysis. And, I agree. I know extraverts who are actually somewhat shy and introverts who are anything but. It simply has to do with where their energies are stimulated.

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    Apr 12 2012: Introvertness is just a small portion of ones character, it alone doesn't defines a person as whole. ofcourse, introvertness can be regarded as sign of weakness, but then we must also think that there were no such great leaders in the history without even a small sort of weakness in their personality.
    anyway, introverts can definitely think like a non-introvert person or can even think better, and as i know,beeing extrovert is not the most essential or supreme quality of a leader ... so why don't we just concentrate on other things to judge leadership.
    • Apr 16 2012: Being an introvert does not necessarily make a person weak, because like you stated many other elements make up personal characteristics. For instance, I am an introvert, but I also have a dominant personality (blanchard assessment), and am Type A on the Type A/B personality scale (organizational behavior test). If anything, I am overconfident, too outspoken, stubborn, too much of a perfectionist, and too demanding. However, since I know my strengths and weaknesses, I have the ability to enhance my strengths and limit my weaknesses. To know thyself creates the ability to improve thyself. However, I should also add that my personality is very rare according to myers-briggs (less than 3% of the population). I also think everyone should take the personality assessment tests to find out who they truly are for self-improvement purposes.
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    Apr 5 2012: I watched Susan Cain's Video as well. I found it quite enlightning and motivating. As an educator it solidified my belief that each child is special and unique with their own learning style. Susan Cain's video was an invitation to celebrate diversity and encourage it at various levels in our daily lives.
    To ask the question whether introverts make better leaders is really to generalize and risk stereotyping. I believe it depends on the disposition, inclination and expertise of that particular person in a given profession. Leaders, introverts or extroverts must be visionaries always mindful of the big picture or destination and the means to accomplishing the end.
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    Apr 3 2012: I think introvert/extrovert is simply a personal preference. Much like I prefer broccoli over cabbage. That does not mean I will not eat cabbage, I just don't prefer it. I am not sure that either one predisposes a leader. It is simply a style. What the leader needs to do is to understand and acknowledge the preference and understand how to leverage the strengths and address the weaknesses of the preference. (Find somebody else to eat the cabbage). It is just such a teeny piece of what it takes to be a leader anyway.
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      Apr 4 2012: Linda.....balanced well-thought out, practical answer.
      Well said.
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      Apr 7 2012: I echo Linda's view.

      There's a tendency to oversimplify introversion or extroversion as absolutes when the majority of people sit on a spectrum and exhibit more of a preference for one or the other (as you state). In addition, I'd argue that the context of the situation will be important in deciding whom the best leader would be. Depending on what the issue is, what the goals are and who the audience might be may, will all influence the optimal leadership qualities needed. Leadership in of itself is not easy to define - hence the ever growing literature on that subject.

      Moreover, extroversion and introversion are not the only elements of character/personality that should be taken into account. Using Myers-Briggs as an illustration, intuition versus sensing, thinking versus perceiving and feeling versus judging are all important too. A leader in a science lab may need to be someone who is an introverted, sensing, thinker whereas someone leading a group of activists on a march for a social cause may need to lean towards an extroverted personality. However, these too may be overly simplistic!
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    Apr 13 2012: Introverts ( I am one) are among other things: Precise, thoughtful, not in (much) need of the approval of others. Because of these tenancies, I have been told that I make a great leader; Problem is.... I don't (generally) want the job. Yes, I may be good at it but I value my time to "just think" more than I value the kudos of others. One of our statesmen (I don't remember who) said that "in order to find a great leader, look for the man who does not want the job" . Also The introvert, because of their need to be congruent with their morals FIRST, will do the best job that they know how to.
  • Apr 12 2012: Hello,
    I believe Andrea has it right. I am not an introvert by any means, but I feel I am emotionally intelligent, or as I have learned it to be empathetic. I feel, in a very real sense, what others are feeling to some extent, which (if paid attention to) has helped me relate well and often lead other by allowing me to encourage them when they need it. Being empathetic is kind of being given a boost in that emotional intelligence, but true maturity with a mindset for others as equals is the best way to achieve emotional intelligence, I think.

    And as far as introvert/extrovert they both have needed qualities for good leadership. As an introvert you have the natural talent of the behind the scenes observation and taking everything in before taking action, but usually lack the ability to communicate your observations and plans, as well as motivating others to get behind you. As an extrovert you have the natural talent to communicate with others making it easier to communicate your plans and motivate them to get behind you, and encouraging them to take action, but usually lack the ability to sit back and observe before making plans and taking action, tending to jump the gun. But the areas that each lack are abilities that are totally teachable and can be learned and practiced to make you a better leader if you so desire.

    Thanks for asking and making conversation on this topic.
  • Apr 6 2012: As an introvert myself and from my past experience I have been regarded as a decent-to-good leader. Perhaps, what would lack the most would be the communication matter, as mentioned by Salim, as well as in the human-relationship matter; however, I do believe that introverts communicate efficiently but restricting their communication to exactly what they need, want and barely anything more.
    For example, when I need a colleague to fill a report, I am more likely to make my request in 3-5 words (taking into consideration my mood and my relation with the person), which may sound "robotic" but not exactly rude - I call it a different way to express myself.
    All the projects under my leadership, both individual or in group (which I don't really like, as Susan Cain proved to be common) have been successful - and even some school projects were a massive success (which would not be possible without the special contribution of every member). I am very organized, very detailed and an annoyingly perfection-seeker, as well as very careful regarding human resources, time, motivation and all other issues present.

    To finish up, from my own experience, whether being an introvert or an extrovert does not determine whether we are good leaders or not. My dad is the most annoying-extrovert kind of person, but I have learned a lot with him, and learned a lot with me (for example, that the rarest the compliments, the more special and motivating they become - but they should exist, in the right time and in the right place), despite having very conflictual points with him. He worked in a banking institution for over 25 and was regarded as an excellent leader. There are many traits needed to a good leader, extroverts and introverts just have different leadership and managerial styles, along with different POVs, reactions and ways of thinking.
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      Apr 12 2012: "I do believe that introverts communicate efficiently but restricting their communication to exactly what they need, want and barely anything more."

      With this you put it down to the pure essence. Bravo!
      I am the same (except for the perfection-seeking). ^^
  • Apr 3 2012: i think if we take our social expectations of what a leader is off the table and accept that the quietness of an introvert embodies power, deep thought and careful planning and can in fact result in a great leader. There is no need for the 'gung ho' attitude and americanisms of loud brash leaders to equal a successful leader. I personally know in the past that being an introvert was seen as 'room for improvement' in a perfomance review. Thank goodness for people like Susan Cain highlighting the attributes of being an introvert - such a shame schools and industries don't think the same. It's interesting when you look at other cultures, such as Japan, where quiet resolve and calmness seem to epitomise their strength as world leaders in a variety of industries.
  • May 1 2012: Extroverts tend to go with their idea and push it onto everyone else, I think, even if the plan might ideally need a bit of rethinking before being carried out. Whereas the more introverted types don't want to be so 'invasive' in the group. Hence them not taking the lead so much, even though their ideas are often the most logical and, as someone else said, the most moral, or considerate, of the group.

    I reckon extroverts are the best leaders if the thing they are leading is worth leading. They have more passion and power to bring people together. Whereas for more 'general' leadership, introverts would normally do a better job because they are more considerate of the whole situation, as opposed to anybody's individual ideas or motives.
  • May 1 2012: I strongly believe being a great leader is a state of mind. You don't necessarily need to be the most outgoing person in the room but you do need to be able to capture your teams attention. When trying to inspire others you need to know your audience and be able to inspire action. Yes, this is easier said then done but if you truly believe in your message and convey it through your words. Then your going to be able to generate followers. Remember its not what you say but how you say it.

    Many different great leaders throughout history haven't been the smartest nor the most outspoken of their time. What do these great leaders have in common? "They believe" when you believe in what your saying no matter if your an introvert or not you will be able to generate followers. People are drawn to passion and everyone wants to believe in something. No one wants to be told what to do but rather we want to believe in what we do.
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    Apr 26 2012: Interesting that I am reading this topic here after having read an article in HBR on "How Introverts Can Become Better Innovators"
    Francesca Gino from HBS writes, "But compared to extroverts, introverts may be more open to others' creative ideas. Adam Grant of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Dave Hofmann of the University of North Carolina, and I conducted some research that shed light on this possibility. We asked managers and employees at 130 franchises of a U.S. pizza-delivery company to fill out a survey, and we obtained data on each store's profitability. Managers answered questions about their own personality. Other employees answered questions about their attempts to introduce improvements in job procedures. We found that in stores where employees tried to proactively introduce their creative ideas for improvements, introverted managers led stores to higher profits than more extroverted ones did. In franchises where employees stayed quiet and didn't offer their ideas, extroverted managers led stores to higher profits than more introverted managers did."

    Full article here: http://blogs.hbr.org/hbsfaculty/2012/04/how-introverts-can-become-bett.html
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    Apr 19 2012: I feel its contextual.There are organisation situations where extroverts are required to propel the organisation.In certain situations where the organisation is mature, introverts may be better suited since a " maintenance" role is required. There are certain roles where the introvert is a better leader and other situations where the extrovert is a better leader.Leadership qualities needs to be viewed bearing in mind the context.
  • Apr 17 2012: Being Introvert or Extrovert is not how you define leaders.A short and precise definition of a Leader is one who is able to better the lives of people around him.There is no particular trait which can be attributed for a person to be called a Leader.
    A person who is introvert need not necessarily be some one who cannot manage people or things around him.In the same way,an Extrovert need not necessarily be someone who is able to manage gamut of things.
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    Apr 13 2012: Why we dont see in a deep review some historical leaders, and find their abilityes to leadership?

    Some examples:

    Marco Aurelio
    Saint Francis of Asissi
    Sain Ignatius of Loyola
    King Richard Lionheart
    Leonora D'Aquitania
    Cesare Borgia
    Pope Paulus III
    Amerigo Vespucci
    Napoleon I
    Adolf Hitler
    Mao Tse Tung
    John F. Kennedy
    Emiliano Zapata
    Angela Merkel
    Evita Peron
    Francisco Franco
    Fidel Castro
    Che Guevara
    Charles de Gaulle
    Noam Chomsky
    Albert Einstein
    Pablo Picasso
    Teresa de Calcuta
    Dalai Lama
    Vladimir Lenin
    Jules Verne

    The list is so big but this are just a few real leaders to research their introvertion or extrovertion.
    But no the gray "office and corporation "leaders".
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    Apr 13 2012: In her prologue, the author described that she was an introvert and had some issues with extroverts. In her epilogue, she neutralized her initial statement, by admitting that we don't have total introverts and extroverts. Then what is the point in categorizing people?

    If any person can judge to change its behavior, from an introvert to an extrovert according to the surrounding needs, what is the exact purpose of this debate? It is a tactical behavior of the average person to shift between these two roles. Is there anything more in it? Maybe it comes in phases and it is not a tactical but a strategic behavior. And this is something to debate about.

    Anyway, I can't recall any known psychological disease connected to introvert and extrovert behavior solely. I would say that behavior patterns are "symptoms" rather than "reasons" for a psychological disease. And most of the times we will meet both in the same patient.

    Leaders also use both behavioral patterns accordingly. So an issue like "introvert VS extrovert behavior in applying leadership" sounds more accurate. In any case, the author talks about introverts and extroverts (people) and not about an introvert or extrovert approach in leadership. That sounds like a mistake to me rendering the entire positioning useless. Probably I am making an error, that I can't detect since I am not an expert in this. But it is a very vivid impression.
    • Apr 16 2012: Because humans are complex creatures. That being said, we still need to explore the nature of humanity to gain a better understanding of what makes us human. It is in our nature to explore and be curious about ourselves and everything around us, and categorization is just a tool in the research and examination process.
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        Apr 17 2012: It has really been interesting learning about introverts in this conversation ....I had a totally different concept of what an introvert was....I thought introverts were, according to how people have used it around me before, someone shy, and not open to communication........but, according to what you said in your reply to me, introverts dislike social situations because people do not act true to themselves. I am thus an introvert..............by this definition.

        I do not get satisfaction when I interact with the people around me.....most of whom do not share my enthusiasm for learning and growing. I guess that is why I enjoy TED so much. I have an intellectual escape when I participate in these wonderful conversations.

        Thanks Edward.
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        Apr 17 2012: I do understand the need of exploring human nature and categorizing as a tool. But I also say that the categorization "set" we use here, might be the wrong set. The debate's question-approach, that we all consider as a "fact" it can probably be wrong.

        So, according to my opinion, the answer to the question: "Do introverts make better leaders?" is this:

        Behavioral patterns, cannot be linked with "leading capability" and its various forms and needs in any way. The reasons of introvert and extrovert behavior, vary from person to person and they don't reveal the characteristics and potential of their personalities. We cannot talk about introvert and extrovert persons (personalities). We can talk about behavior (introvert or extrovert).

        This is the "set" of categorization that I propose and the definitions we should have used.
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          Apr 17 2012: Philip, for what it's worth, I totally agree with you.
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          Apr 17 2012: I disagree Phillip. These definitions are based on self report. Not observed behavior.So they are intrinsic reports of the tendency for introvert or extrovert preference. Not behavior that someone else observes. Just sayin...
        • Apr 17 2012: Exactly, introverts and extroverts are defined through self-assessment, not a behavioral research study/ Only you truly know what is going on inside your head. However, it is possible to lie and be dishonest in assessment, but it is difficult because you get asked the same questions over and over again throughout the test with different wording and slightly different twists and spins, which is the genius behind self-assessment. Someone else is not determining who you are, you are just finding out who you already are.
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    Apr 12 2012: I reckon introverts would make a better leaders only if they have other leadership characteristics to back them up (OR if they have extroverts to assist them in where they lack).
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    Apr 12 2012: Adrian,

    Successful leaders, in my experience, come in a variety of intelligence- and "Meyers Briggs-" types mixes.

    I think it is always dangerous to proclaim any one style or personality as the be-all. In fact, I think a key characteristic of great leaders is their inability to not "be themselves." Authenticity can be an exceedingly powerful factor in one's personality. As a model for the organization, it's stakeholders and, even clients. And, it implies integrity, which can't be determined by introversion or extraversion, but builds trust and commitment with collaborators, co-workers and, sometimes even community.

    That said, I do think the tendencies towards reflection, self-awareness and seriousness introverts often possess affords them some depth that can, if communicated verbally or non-verbally, be very constructive. These characteristics can insure thoughtfulness in plans and behaviors, insight into ones ego and its impacts on leading, sincerity about the work and co-workers, etc. and space for others to find their voices, strengths and capacities for shared leadership.

    On the other hand, introverts need to develop sufficient emotionally intelligent communications styles that they can rally the troops, inspire confidence with stakeholders and shareholders and convey the vision and direction of the organization, in both micro and macro scenarios. These are important skills because, in the absence of them, an introverted leader and her/his leadership can be misconstrued, if not ineffective.

    Though I'm an introvert-type leader and the odd-ball INTP type, no less. I'd have to say that the most critical factor in any leader is related far more to their emotional intelligence (and this is not inferred, in my mind by the introvert label) than anything else. And, this emotional intelligence, by definition means that the leader has adapted his/her psychology to accommodate all styles, not only their own, but others quite different from them.

  • Apr 9 2012: A single characteristic such as introversion or extroversion is hardly responsible for making a 'better' leader. Leaders are those who take the reins of power (or have them thrust upon them) and it is often the case that people who desire say... political power, should never be permitted to take it. The quality of leadership is judged in hindsight, when all of the actions of a particular leader are known.

    History has not been kindly to Margaret Thatcher but mention Mahatma Ghandi and the picture changes to a positive one. Abraham Lincoln stands up to historical scrutiny whereas Richard Nixon does not.

    Leaders of companies have been both reclusive and outgoing. Howard Hughes was known as a hermit and Steve Jobs was frequently branded as mercurial but he was the visible face of his company.

    Leadership of the kind we desire (and which we all recognise when we see it) requires empathy, common sense and a light touch. The trappings of high office and power tend to corrupt those who take up a leading position and so we end up with leaders with vision, who are all too human when it comes to practicalities. The higher you rise, the more people notice you and want to bring you down.

    Collaborative leadership by consent can be so democratic that nothing is ever decided. Benign dictatorship is thought to brings benefits to the greatest mass. Winston Churchill was thought to be a great leader. I have heard it said that he was a bad man because it was so easy to send soldiers to their deaths. He is credited with saying: A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.

    This appears to be why he was considered to be a good leader. He had a difficult job to do in a time when it was probably far easier to surrender. A prime example of an extrovert becoming prime minister and taking decisions which mattered.

    Humans are too complex to be reduced to a single character trait.
  • Apr 8 2012: I believe you have to have a balance between the traits of an introvert and an extrovert to make a great leader. Extroverts get more exposure to people which is important in the leadership role. Nevertheless many extroverts remain superficial and care more of pleasing a crowd than to carry out their own points of views or ideas. Introverts on the other hand may reflect more, analyze more and probably make a better decision than an extrovert. The problem is that they have to much trouble in getting it out of to the rest and as a leader you need to take quick timely decisions.
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    Apr 6 2012: effective communication with the rest and beeing open to the group which they lead will include among the qualities of a leader. introverts might judge things well, but can the inspire and motivate a team?
    • Apr 7 2012: I believe they could definitely inspire and motivate better. In a world where words are rapidly losing the strength of there meaning due to overuse an introvert is a gem. A silent person who says one sentence makes a more profound impact than someone who communicates more because the rarity of their speech gives the worlds more substance ( or at least the illusion of it).
  • Apr 5 2012: Ones personal traits determines how we act around people, we can choose to be silent or very out going.
    Leadership is learned and is not a trait. Understanding how to work with people and what people need and want will
    make you a good leader. Someone who doesn't care about people will make a poor leader.
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    Apr 4 2012: Well to me leader is someone who makes things to happen through people, where communication is pivotal. Generally speaking and also from examples around it seems extrverts being extrovert are frequent communicators so are successful leaders.

    That's being said frequent communication does not mean effective communication so introverted people also can be successful leaders if they communicate in right time , in right way to right person in right amount to make things happen......

    Leader should watch more reflect more and talk less that's another thought around so again introverted people also can be good leaders...... well can't find an example though of any introverted leader........any example from friends here will be great

    Last not least to me introversion or extroversion does not matter if one can influence to make things happen.
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    Apr 3 2012: First of all you forget the 3rd one mentioned, ambiverts: "Those who have best of both worlds". Both extremes are no good, but are these terms such as intro and extrovert really that relevant? The good aspect of being introvert is that you have a lot of time for contemplation, the time is spend reading and thinking instead of socializing, which gives the individual the time to ponder over life's mysteries and gives him the opportunity to know more about himself. However, leaders are those that inspire those around them, it is not just a role of a figure head it is also a role which must be tend to by socializing with ones peers. This opportunity paves not only a way to know ones "subordinates", but it also gives access to the sharing of ideas which several occasions are created through disorder and turbulence.

    I think it's not so much the matter of introversion or extroversion, but rather the aspects of both and their share towards good leadership. I'd rather go out with everyone and have a deep turbulent discussion and after enjoy my free time to let those ideas simmer than be locked off from the rest of the world with a couple of books, if I did I'd end up unrealistic extreme idea/ls.
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    May 1 2012: Who better to lead the flock than the one who already watches over it vigilantly?
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    Apr 30 2012: I'm not so sure the classification of people as introvert or extrovert is relevant. Its like classifying people as tall and short. I'm 186cm (6ft 1inch if you prefer). Am I tall or short? It depends on who I'm with. Being extroverted can help with gaining the attention of the people you are leading but good leaders also need to be independantly motivated. Perhaps the best leaders are those that can utilise both sides of their personality when appropriate.
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    Apr 30 2012: Do introverts make better lovers? Possibly. You never know until you see them in action...
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    Apr 26 2012: Actually this can not be determined unequivocally, but this is just based on what is considered to be most strongly in a problem.

    There are two types of leadership. The first leadership comes from mastery of meditation, and second, the leadership that obtained with very few involving the mastery of meditation.

    The first type of Leadership by meditating, giving us less control in the use of introvertness or extrovertness.While the leadership of the second type gives us a strong alignment.

    Although in theory we know nothing of the most important of the two types of leadership, but in practice, we always choose strongly with one of them.

    So, in answer to the question: Do introverts make better leaders? I responded by stating that the best leadership does not come from an introvert or extrovert mastery, but how one or both working together to be able to connect us to a higher source to gain wisdom.

    Perhaps, people tend to say introvert will make our leadership better, because the fact that introvertness will make us easier closer to spirituality or having wisdom at higher level, such us sharpen intuition etc.

    Extrovert or introvert is not a better or best solution to a decision-making process or the like, but extrovert or introvert must be a solution for us to be more connected to the source of the solution itself.

    Do not let the extrovert or introvert playing at the branch for us, but let it take us to the root or source of wisdom.

    Less or more ...
  • Apr 26 2012: If we are talking about true leadership,that surely doesn't have anything to do with extrovertness or introvertness,but everything to do with Decision making power.However,these days,votes are required to make you a leader,one that can act with authority.so some degree of extrovertness is necessary too.I mean people generally like extrovert,open people more.