Shattering Stereotypes of Introverts as Leaders

“Think effective leadership requires gregariousness and charisma?” says Carmen Nobel in her article in the most recent issue of the Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge newsletter. She continues, “Think again. Introverts actually can be better leaders than extraverts, especially when their employees are naturally proactive, according to Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino.” Nobel presents stereotype-shattering findings from a new study conducted by Gino and her colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Nobel continues, “Leaders need to adapt their style depending on the type of group they are leading.” Not surprising? Consider this twist which she adds: “With proactive employees, leaders need to be receptive to the team’s ideas; with a more passive team, leaders need to act more demonstratively and set a clear direction.”

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