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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 8 2012: Today's society is very much lead by the people who shout and project their voices, the people who have every confidence in what they do even if it's bad , these people tend to be extroverts, but these people tend to be the people we follow, those with the out going personality. They get things going with noise and encouragement ect..
    where introverts take a more quiet response perhaps delegating to people to what they do best, allowing them to work alone which could improve performance. This really does come down to the task at hand, extroverts may be better at teamwork brainstorming activities where conversation and communication would come at a more central role. where introverted may be good at addressing those one to one on a more personal level laying out a stratagy and sticking to it allowing people to get on with the task at hand.

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