Here is an excerpt of the book Leadership for Introverts: The Power of Quiet Influence
Introverts and extroverts are very unique personality types, and the way each type thinks is vastly different. If you are reading this book, you either consider yourself an introvert, or you want to understand introverts more. Either way, you are at the right place.
Many introverts are happy with the way they are. And if you’re not, that’s your problem – Matthew Hutson.
This world is full of loud sports events, loud parties and loud traffic. It’s full of open office layouts, big gathering holiday events, and more meetings than you can shake a stick at (is there more of anything than you can shake a stick at?).
Group brainstorming, in-person networking, and social networks are the norm. This is an extroverted world, or so the extroverts would have us believe.
But, according to recent studies by Meyers-Briggs and in scientific magazines1, over half the people in the world are introverts.
“` For Extroverts: Can you spot the introvert?
Introverts, raise your hands (yeah, right!). Extroverts would be surprised at how many people are introverts because we have learned to act at being extroverts. Extroversion is expected in the United States, as it is expected in most of the western world. “`
Just about any team that gets formed will have introverts and extroverts, but which type is the better fit to be a team leader? Extroverts are quite often chosen to lead because they are the ones to speak up first. And introverts, by nature, are willing to let someone else lead even when they have more knowledge and skills because it will mean that they don’t have to stand in front of a group and talk.
But, the job of the leader is not just to talk and push the group forward. It is also the role of the leader to listen and adjust the plan based on other people’s input and ideas. Yes, extroverts can do that, but introverts were born to do it.