Leaders and Introversion: Despite the Harvard view that extroverts make the best leaders, many CEOs are introverted. Jim Collins (in Good to Great) described best (level 5) leaders of the late 20th century as humble, not flashy personalities—leaders who build organizations, not their own egos. Extroverted leaders get better results (16% more) from passive workers. Introverted leaders get better results (14% more) from active workers. However, Wharton professor Adam Grant suggests that extroverts should dial it back in general, himself included.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Overview: Cain discusses how both Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. changed the world—Parks through quiet resolve and King through firebrand teaching. About one third of Americans are introverts, who are well outnumbered by the rest—extroverts. Extroverts are gregarious, talkative, action oriented, quick deciders, team focused, and social. Introverts prefer contemplation, are inner focused and more deliberate, listen more than talk, prefer a less stimulating environment, and recharge by being alone. We vastly overrate extroverts and consistently underestimate introverts, much to our peril.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Broadway Books, 2012) by Susan Cain, reviewed by Steve Gladis, March 2014.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Benjamin Zander: The transformational power of classical music. Famed conductor of the Boston Symphony, Zander is a force of nature. Known for his insights on classical music, he has entertained and instructed audiences for years, and his preconcert talks are legendary. Here he is talking to us not just about classical music but about a kind of leadership inspired by passion.