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Is It Extroverts Who Lead The World?

As humans, we need to classify things into different categories, including humans themselves. According to psychology, there are two types of people in the world; Introverts & Extroverts.


An extrovert is someone who speaks with authority. The way their brain works is that with every social interaction, extroverts receive a boost in their energy which makes them more confident.


Introverts are shy and anti-social because they prefer solitude. It is because, unlike their extrovert counterparts, introverts lose energy when exposed to a social situation. For them, participating in a crowded group activity is as taxing as playing sports would be for an extrovert.


What Does Society & Educational System Teach Us?


A child learns early on that speaking is desirable and being quiet is harmful. Parents often complain to the teachers that their child is silent (which is funny because they also complain when a child to too talkative). The quiet ones are represented as cowards and bookworms in TV shows and movies, whereas the loud ones are loud and excited.


Although there is no correlation between inventiveness and talking more, college students are told to do so. Talking is worth 15–20 per cent of the final grade in certain business courses.


Some introverts act like extroverts because of the misconceptions ingrained in their minds; they would much rather be uncomfortable and act out of character than be true to themselves and embrace who they are.


It's sad that extroverts often have an advantage over introverts in fields like business. But is it the case? Compared to introverts, are extroverts superior leaders?


Extroverts: It's Their World


"It's an extrovert's world."


That is how the saying goes, and the following are some reasons why that is true. 


Confident & Sociable: One of the most important roles of a leader is the ability to persuade people. As mentioned earlier, this is one of the trademark qualities of an extrovert. They can settle into any situation and communicate their thought clearly to others.


Fast Decision Making: Extroverts work well with others. They speak first and then reflect later, which can be considered rash decision-making, but it's also helpful in a meeting. This approach to solving a problem can spark a conversation in the group which often leads to finding its solution. 


Positive Outlook: An old saying goes that if you think good, good things will happen to you. It is another reason why extroverts are successful as a leader. Their optimism, energetic nature, and natural charisma make them likable and allow them to make connections which is crucial for the success of any venture. Additionally, this optimism protects them from stress and unpleasant experiences at the workplace.


Are introverts Equal to Bad Leaders?


There are many misconceptions about introverts like they hate people, are shy, or make bad leaders. The following reasons will prove the above statements to be wrong.


Emotional Intelligence & Good Listeners: "Shh… They're listening." Nowadays, it seems like everyone is listening to you; your therapist, your friends, your phone, your computer, and every other device around you. But if you are looking for a boss who listens, then an introvert is the best option. Emotional Intelligence is the area where introverts hold superiority over extroverts. It allows them to understand their employee's feelings and then use that to motivate them while also gaining their loyalty.


Thoughtful Decision Making: When faced with a tough decision, the first thing that introverts do is listen. Then they gather more information, think about all the possible impacts, and then make their decision. This approach, whilst time-consuming, is most beneficial. The thoughtful approach allows them not to make rash decisions and avoid making decisions with bad consequences.


Well Prepared: Even though we better understand how introverts' brains are wired, some people might argue that it still doesn't help their case of being a good leader. It is because one of the main responsibilities of a leader is public speaking, and introverts need help to function properly in public. Then how can they lead a business successfully? It is why introverts focus on the substance instead of their natural charisma to get their point across. They look at every possible avenue the conversation might lead to, making them well-prepared for almost anything.


After learning the above opinions, one question is left to answer.


Is It an Extrovert's World?


The University of Toronto Scarborough conducted a study to answer this question. The results showed that when it comes to leadership skills, extroverts do indeed have an advantage over introverts. It is because many people, including CEOs, generally perceive extroverts as better leaders because they are perceived to be more confident.


However, that only means that some hope is lost for introverts. Speaking is one of many things that make a good leader. The cognitive ability to generate new ideas makes an effective leader. Some well-known personalities are introverts, such as Bill Gates, J. K. Rowling, and Emma Watson.


To sum up, a person who can learn multiple skills and use them where necessary is considered an effective leader. These skills can be introverted or extroverted because extroversion and Introversion are measured on a spectrum, meaning that very few people identify as true extroverts or introverts. Most people often have both Extroversion and Introversion traits, called ambiverts which is what makes an effective leader. 


The bottom line

The extroverts who control the world have a lot to be joyful about. They are the ones who can make the most of any circumstance and who can complete their work. They are the ones that can give everything they have to what they do and who can see a project through to completion. They are the ones with the ability to collaborate with others and to see the wider picture. They are the ones that are willing to step outside of their comfort zones and who are capable of realizing their aspirations.

They dare to try new things and have the ability to be authentic. They are the ones who can overcome challenges and who have a strong sense of passion for what they do. They are the ones who can fully live their lives and who can influence others. They are the ones with the capacity to enjoy life and have pleasure.

Some people see extroverts as more successful and consider this an ideal personality. Others may think of ambiversion as “the best of both worlds.”

No personality style is right, wrong, or better than any other style.

Introversion and extroversion indicate preferences for getting and expanding energy, but there’s room for variance.


People generally aren’t exclusively an introvert or an extrovert. Understanding your nature can help you learn more about how you see and deal with the world.

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