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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, 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 pers...

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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 usu...

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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 othe...

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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.

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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.

Another team of researchers urges caution. Promo...

"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.

Introverted vs. extroverted people

If you recover your energy while alone or in quiet surroundings, you’re probably an introverted type of person.

You can experience the benefits of both types when you push yourself to ...

Introverted vs. shy/insecure people

There’s nothing wrong with being an introvert. If you are emotionally unstable, being an introvert can become the biggest enemy of your progress in life.
There’s a big difference between being an introvert and being afraid of public speaking, meeting people and speaking up when necessary. Social anxiety is not introversion, it’s a fear you must face and overcome.

Thinking before speaking and acting

  • Make sure that you speak up when you have something important to say. 
  • Take advantage of your ability to observe other people, the environment you’re in and the energy flow in the room.
  • People will pay more attention to what you say when you do speak up.
  • You probably have the ability to study things better and faster, so when you do say something make sure that it’s an eye-opener.
  • People will trust you more and thus you’ll have access to more privileged information.

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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.

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