Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Introvert or Extrovert: Making the Most Out of Who You Are as a Leader

During her nearly 40-year career as a clinical and organizational psychologist and executive coach, Joan Pastor, PhD, has had the chance to assess nearly every leadership philosophy in the field. But Pastor, president of JPA International, Inc., has noticed that one tenet seems to stand the test of time regardless of the popular, and sometimes passing, wisdom of the day: it's our innate tendency to be more introverted or extroverted that plays a huge role in determining our natural approach to leadership, as well as our personal happiness and professional success.

Once people begin to understand whether they are introverts or extroverts, and to what degree, Pastor says, they can begin to unlock the secrets to their best personal leadership style.

“The idea that ‘good leaders are born not made’ isn’t true. Ninety-nine percent of true leaders never planned or chose to be leaders. They rose to the top because they were gifted and skilled in some key area, and the cream rises to the top,” Pastor says. “But when you become a leader, you have to determine to what degree you are comfortable interacting with other people and how you want to communicate with them...

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Source: Deanna White (www.accountingweb.com)

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