For one thing, recent history has shown us that leaders can be commanding, powerful, attention-grabbing, and utterly wrong. The risk-taking often associated with extroversion can lead to dangerously short-term thinking. Research backs this up, showing that while extroversion is seen as an “ideal” leadership quality, in practice it does little to improve the bottom line.
Stereotypes aside, many styles of leadership and communication exist, and the idea of the introverted business leader is gaining traction. So what benefits does introversion offer in business? Do introverts make better business leaders? And what can we all, introverts and extroverts alike, learn from this less common form of leadership?