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Newsletter for August 2015
October 12, 2015
New ideas ~ A good book ~ And, writing appetizers
Do Introverts Make Better Leaders?I remember once in sixth grade, running for student council class representative. I stood at the front answering student questions, honestly – and hoping I didn’t look stupid.
That’s when this brainy kid asked me, “Are you shy?”
“Well, yes.” I blurted out. Then I realized what I did, and retorted, “Wait! No, I’m not!”
Of course, my grade school political career was over.
Looking back, I think I was shy. Or rather, an introvert. But, I never thought of myself as such. I thought I was an extrovert – especially when I graduated and started teaching.
No one ever thinks teachers are introverted. They stand in the front all day, speaking. Who would ever think they get nervous.
But I did, on occasion – and especially at first!
A professor once told my class that he believed most teachers are introverts who enjoy sharing their passion for a subject they love.
I think that is true for me. I love writing – and showing others how to craft their creation into something great. But, I never thought of myself as an introvert.
Elizabeth Bernstein(1) says some of the most common myths about introverts are that they are shy, antisocial, depressed, arrogant, nerds.
But, Bernstein also says introverts are careful thinkers, speak only when they have something to say, feel best in quieter situations, need solitude to balance social times, are sharp observers, have the capacity to listen actively, desire focus, are creative and imaginative, have an active inner life, and are willing to let others’ ideas have the spot light.
Despite the stereotype that introverts make better workers than entrepreneurs, Bernstein’s article suggests introverts may actually be better entrepreneurs, because of those qualities.
Personally, I am borderline introvert – according to my Meyers Briggs test results. But, I’ve always admired extroverts and thus observe them – to learn.
My college roommate is an excellent example of an extrovert. I marvel at her ease in talking with others. She could work a room and know every detail about everyone there – way more than I could at the time. (I’d rather be helping in the kitchen or serving hors d’oeuvres than mingling with strangers.) But, I learned how to mingle better from her, which improved my ability to interact with others. And perhaps, skewed my Meyers Briggs test.
If you’re like me and prefer the solitude of books and nature – as opposed to social cocktail parties, Bernstein gives new insight …introverts can be great leaders.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what your social interaction style is… as long as you keep moving forward and working through challenges to reach your goals.
And, this month’s recommended book gives you new insight as to why people may not be able to reach their goals – and get what they want.
The book also shows you how to overcome whatever it is that blocks your ability to grab your dreams. No matter if you’re an introvert or an extrovert.
All the best,
(1) Bernstein, E. (2015, August 24). The case for the introverted entrepreneur: conventional wisdom says you need to be an extrovert to start a successful business, that’s wrong for all sorts of reasons. The Wall Street Journal, R1-R2.
Move Past Your "Upper Limit"
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