Why introverts rarely emerge as leaders | The Oxford Review - OR Briefings

Why introverts rarely emerge as leaders

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Keywords: leadership, introvert, extrovert, introversion, extroversion, leadership development, emergent leadership, informal leadership, affective forecasting errors

Emergent, or informal, leaders are people who take on and are accepted as a leader, even though no formal leader has been prescribed. Not only do emerging leaders come across as leader like, they also tend to provide motivation, support, direction and a level of regulation or command that helps the team achieve its goals. Emergent leadership has become a growing area of interest, both within the research and within organisations. Recent studies have found that extroverts are significantly more likely to put themselves forward as leaders than introverts even though a number of studies have found that introverts often make better leaders in a variety of situations.

This research looked at what holds introverts back from leadership roles. It is very insightful and helps to develop a difference approach / thinking to leadership development…

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