If you were to search on the word introvert, you would likely get back a description something like “a shy, reticent person”. Unfortunately, simple dictionary definitions like this one led me to a misconception of what an introvert really was. In fact, looking just a bit further down the search results you would see the comment “an introvert may appear to be shy to others, but this is not necessarily an accurate label.”
Why the focus here today? Two recent reads peaked my interest. The first is this wonderful Forbes article from CEO Chris Myers. The second comes from a book I just finished reading The 100X Leader. In both cases, the authors focus on self-awareness and leadership. Mashing comments from the two sources together …
The hallmark of a good leader is they are self-aware and responsive … leaders who are self-aware and introverted are typically better equipped to listen and empathize with the people with whom they interact.
The implication here is a correlation between self-awareness and introversion I found intriguing, and wanted to explore further.