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Leading as an introvert

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Though being a gregarious, social butterfly commonly helps leaders rise among the top ranks in their companies, there is plenty of opportunity for introverted personality types to shine, too. Here’s how.

Use your tendency to step back as an advantage

An introverted person isn’t necessarily shy or living in fear of social interaction; being introverted is simply a tendency to feel more energized by internal stimuli than loud and energy-laden interaction, which tends to fuel extroverts. The challenge for introverted leaders isn’t a lack of skills. It’s that our workplace culture inherently favors those with extroverted tendencies: We encourage teamwork and strong social networks and hold company outings, lunches and happy hours. Our society often deems the most effective and capable leader based on nothing more than the person’s likability.

Yet, Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop T...(register to read more)

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