Are extraverts really better leaders? Can an introvert be a good leader? I hope you realize the title is a rhetorical question.
Research has shown a consistent positive relationship between extroversion and. In groups of strangers, such as a jury, extroversion predicts who will be selected foreperson of the jury (it’s actually likely to be the person who talks the most, and that person is probably an ). So, extraverts are more likely to be chosen for leadership positions (what we call leader ‘emergence’).
There is also a positive relationship (although a weaker one) between extroversion and leader effectiveness, particularly rated effectiveness of leaders. So it appears that extraverts have an edge, but does this mean thatcan’t be good leaders? Of course not!
Many successful leaders are introverted, for example Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, and in business, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. One of the best company presidents that I’ve known was easily the most introverted person among his executive team, but he was very successful and his colleagues admired his “quiet reserve and confidence.” So what is the critical factor that both extraverts and introverts need to emerge as a leader and to be effective?