Do introverts make better leaders? – By Alpha One

7th August 2016

Alpha One are now four days into trek, and in good spirits after reaching our first food drop and seeing some of the fieldbase team. In these few days we have experienced a couple of days with Venturers acting as Day Leaders, and have seen different styles emerging.

Last night, around our campfire, we discussed personalities in the group – specifically introverts and extroverts. As a group we have a healthy mixture of both and some of us are right in the middle of the scale. This has allowed us to work well in a team, as people fit better into certain roles.

We were interested to see what the members of the team thought about the statement ‘introverts make the best leaders’, so we asked some of them their opinions…

“If introverts can learn to portray confidence and assurance in front of the group, they can make fantastic leaders because they can make great decisions” – Angus

“The best leaders I have seen on Raleigh have all been extroverts” – Odette

“Introverts think before they act, so they make strong points. They also listen well to people and can get the best out of people. Sometimes extroverts are too strong with their own views, however sometimes introverts take too long to make a decision” – Pendo

“Introverts are not as good at speaking their own views. Extroverts are really good at expressing their views” – Chao

“Although I am an introvert, I think you need a mixture. Extroverts can make quick decisions but sometimes it takes introverts to slow them down” – Sing

“A combination is good. Certain things are good at different times. It’s best if introverts can use extroverts energy even though it may be tiring because it will help team members” – Kiki

“Sometimes to be a good leader, you need to have some elements of being a dictator. Introverts struggle with this” – Ally

Alpha One took part in a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator training session during our induction week in Morogoro, so we were well informed when it came to debating over who would make a stronger leader – the introvert or the extrovert.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is an introspective self-report questionnaire, designed to indicate psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. We found the Myers-Briggs test very useful at determining our strengths and weaknesses, which has in turn helped us to become a more joined-up and cohesive team. To find out more about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, and whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, please click here.

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