Better Leaders? Extroverts or Introverts?

In my work in schools and other organizations, I often speak of the differences between extroverts and introverts as leaders.  Mostly, this comes in the form of helping groups of executives balance their “air time” with one another when collaborating.  One of the most significant bodies of research on extroverts and introverts was conducted by the scholars and students associated with Isabel Briggs Myers.

Suffice it to say that extroverts more often talk to think and introverts more often think to talk.  Gross simplification I know, but for effective collaboration we need both.

A terrific NY Times piece appeared today on the same subject.  While I regret it mixes presidential politics with the subject matter, the piece provides a helpful point of view, no matter your own politics.  Link is:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/opinion/sunday/introverts-make-great-leaders-too.html

Have a great week.

JW

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