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Introverts think they won't like being leaders but they are capable

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Introverts think they won't like being leaders but they are capable
Introverts often don't think they will enjoy leadership roles and so are less likely to go for the top job, new research finds. In fact, introverts in our study thought they would be worried and distressed in leadership situations.

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Introverts as Leaders

Introverts as Leaders

Introverts, people who are relatively submissive, peaceful and reserved, have a belief that they might not be good or enjoy being in top management roles.

Not being an outgoing or social person can be seen by them and others as a behavioral trait which makes them unsuitable for leadership roles.

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Introverts Explained

  • Introverts are not performing as brilliantly in hardcore sales jobs, as the extroverts.
  • Introverts are less likely to be recognized and promoted to leadership positions through the usual channels in the corporate world. 
  • They are more likely to be reliable and humble, and more careful with their health and safety.

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What Introverts Think

Introverts are repulsive of certain emotions like fear, worry, and distress, and the fear of experiencing negative emotions steers them away from leadership positions.

Extroverts, on the other hand, take it up as a challenge and find it exciting.

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Introverts Score Better As Leaders

New studies point out that Introverts outperform extroverts in several leadership positions:

  • Proactive team members find an introvert leader to be more productive in managing them.
  • Introverts tend to promote and nurture good performance in others while concentrating on the growth and well-being of their teams.

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Acting extraverted

Studies have found that prompting people, including introverts, to act more like an extravert makes them feel happier and truer to themselves.

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"Act more extraverted" 

One study on "acting like an extravert" found that introverts did not succeed in increasing their extraverted behavior as much as other participants.

  • Introverts did not benefit in retrospect from acting like an extravert.
  • They did not show momentary gains in authenticity.
  • Their retrospective fatigue levels seemed to increase with the "act extraverted" intervention.
  • Their experience of negative emotions increased.

Introverts

Introverts could benefit from learning to be more extraverted.

  • Those acting more extraverted report more positive emotions in the moment. 
  • Studies show that the introverted group's failure to report pleasure in retrospect could point to memory bias.
  • A less intense version, together with support and guidance to make behavioral changes habitual, could help introverts enjoy being more extraverted.

Job insecurity

Job insecurity

The psychological effect of job insecurity can last a lifetime.

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Personality is not enduring

Personality is not constant but changes over time. For example, self-confidence, warmth, self-control, and emotional stability tend to increase with age.

Earlier studies suggest more autonomy at work can increase a person's ability to cope with new situations, while a demanding and stressful job can make someone more neurotic.

Effects of chronic job insecurity

  • Reduced emotional stability. Chronic job insecurity can cause us to become anxious, tense, irritable, and depressed.
  • Reduced agreeableness. Agreeable people are naturally focused on sympathy, co-operation, and helping others. Chronic job insecurity shifts our focus to be more on ourselves instead of on others and can affect our standing as a positive and likable person.
  • Reduced conscientiousness. When we're always worried about our jobs, we are likely to become less motivated to put in an effort.

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The Big Five

It represents the 5 personality traits psychologists use today:
  • Openness to experiences
  • Conscientiousness
  • Extraversion
  • Agreeableness

Openness to Experience

It describes people who enjoy the arts and new experiences. Possible facets:

  • Fantasy: they have a vivid imagination
  • Aesthetics: they believe in the importance of art
  • Feelings: They experience emotions intensely
  • Actions: They prefer variety to routine
  • Ideas: they like complex problems
  • Values: they tend to vote for liberals.

Conscientiousness

People that score high on this are organized, methodical and tend to keep going and going. Possible facets:

  • Competence: they complete tasks successfully
  • Order: they like order
  • Dutifulness: the follow the rules
  • Achievement-striving: they work hard
  • Self-discipline: they get chores done right away
  • Deliberation: they avoid mistakes.