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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 11 2012: In my opinion this depends mainly on the organization. Look at Facebook for example; Mark Zuckerberg is more of an introvert leader, but he did create the first real global social network. This probably would have been different if an extrovert leader had been in charge. Then look at Apple and Steve Jobs; he qualifies as a extrovert leader and his actions also guided the company to prosperous heights.

    However, the standard definitions of introvert and extrovert are not as black and white as that (just as Susan Cain says) and there could be both introvert parts and extrovert parts in a good leader.

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