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Extroverts and introverts: We’re all relevant

Can't we all just get along?On June 15 Bobby Umar devoted his weekly Twitter conversation, #PoCchat (Power of Connection),┬áto the question of how introverts can become “relevant to connection and leadership.”

I like #PoCchat a lot. Bobby picks great topics, and his thoughtful questions always spark good discussions. But I was taken aback by the thrust of his questions, as well as by some of the answers. Do people still think that introverts aren’t relevant?

Business writers have been devoting a lot of attention to the 30 to 40┬ápercent of people who consider themselves introverts. Notably, Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution — first a book, then a website, next (who knows?) maybe a major motion picture — uses personal stories to rebut the idea that introverts can’t succeed as leaders and as high-profile performers.

All of which prompted a somewhat, but not entirely, tongue-in-cheek rejoinder from leadership coach Jesse Lyn Stoner: Confessions of a Closet Extrovert: We Need a Champion, Too.

Yet with all the attention being paid to extroverts, introverts, and their roles in modern businesses, a few myths still need to be dispelled: Continue reading