What if Introverts Ruled the World?

What if Introverts Ruled the World?

Photograph of Richard Stengel by Peter Hapak for TIME

By Richard Stengel
Managing Editor
Vol. 179, No. 5, p. 2
Monday, February 6, 2012

This week’s cover story (which is one of my favorites) is not about politics. At least, not directly. But in a political season when we are evaluating candidates in terms of leadership and style, it’s worth using the introvert-extrovert framework to look at the campaign. The story, by Bryan Walsh, which draws on research from a new book by Susan Cain called Quiet, suggests that as a society, we have an affinity for extroversion that may not be healthy and a bias against introversion that may not be wise. …

Research suggests that extroverted leaders are more likely to make quick and sometimes rash decisions, while introverted leaders tend to gather more evidence and are slower to judgment. …

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