Article Title: The Introvert’s Worst Nightmare
This article focuses on introverts and how putting themselves forward especially in a leadership positioncan be tough for them.
According to researches for people high in introversion, it’s the thought of having to put themselves out there, rather than the act of taking charge, that most fills them with dread. This can keep them from attempting to achieve positions of leadership, but it can also make their lives miserable when they find themselves with no choice but to occupy those positions.
Introverted leaders are more likely to empower those they lead and are less likely to try to dominate those who work for them, and allow for greater communication among team members. The author emphasises that they can be great leaders, but their tendency to focus their attention inward rather than outward can stop them and keep them from taking advantage of the actual strengths they would show in leadership positions. According to the author the worst nightmare for a highly introverted person is the prospect of being a group leader. This fear and panic can then set the stage for poorer performance once in the actual task for introverts.
The author concludes that the best advice if your worst introverted nightmare comes through is to give yourself as many props as you can ahead of time to make sure you’ll get the job done and use your introvert’s strengths to empower group members to make their own contributions to the enterprise.
Words to Learn from this article:
Introverts: a shy, reticent person
Dread: anticipate with great apprehension or fear
Stymie: prevent or hinder the progress of.
Bashful: reluctant to draw attention to oneself; shy.
Props: due respect.
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