When you think of a typical leader, what image comes to mind? Forbes Leadership contributor Rob Asghar argues that too often in our society, we create an idealized image of a leader as loud, charismatic, and exuding confidence (such as the late Steve Jobs). But as Asghar also points out, studies increasingly show that prototypical “loud” leaders are not always the most effective leaders. Referencing Susan Cain’s 2012 book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Asghar notes one study finding that introverted leaders are 20% more likely than extroverts to listen to a good idea from others. Asghar also explains, though that extroverts brimming with enthusiasm may be more effective at motivating a quiet team of introverts than a fellow introvert. In essence: There is no one-size-fits-all leader.
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