Continuing the Quiet Revolution: Developing Introverted Leaders in Academic Psychiatry
Leaders are generally perceived to be charismatic extroverts, able to walk into a room and capture a crowd’s attention . Personable and outgoing, these individuals appear in many ways the antithesis of the quiet introvert. Approximately one-third to one-half of the population exhibits a preference for introversion, yet introverts are underrepresented in leadership roles . Introverts also contend with strong cultural bias against their promotion to leadership positions. A 2006 survey revealed that 65% of senior corporate executives viewed introversion as a barrier to leadership, and only 6% believed that introverts make more effective leaders .
This bias does not just exist in corporate America. Medical education is increasingly incorporating teaching strategies that require group work and “thinking aloud” models of training, which may disadvantage introverted learners who prefer solitary learning and deliberate reflection . Introverted students tend to have overall lower...
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