Saturday, February 11, 2012
Why everything I was ever told is wrong!
By Bryan Walsh
This article touches on the value of introversion over extroversion in leadership. It’s amazing to think most introverts have to live double-lives in a society that believes extroversion is the more admirable trait. Ignorance is the greatest obstacle when it comes to breaking the negative connotations associated with being an introvert. This article uses research to demonstrate how our society should reconsider its value for extroversion over introversion. (Sorry extroverts, but the article also points to how your outgoing majority may have played a significant role of our recent financial collapses.) It also shows that high-powered American business leaders are 33% more likely to be introverts.
Here are a couple of excerpts from the article:
“But there’s a subtle bias against introverts, and it’s generating a waste of talent and energy and happiness.” It may be time for America to learn the forgotten rewards of sitting down and shutting up.
“And simply by virtue of their ability to sit still and focus, introverts find it easier to spend long periods in solitary work, which turns out to be the best way to come up with a fresh idea or master a skill.”