“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
― C.G. Jung
It’s still a widely held assumption, that extrovert personalities make for better leaders. Being communicative, outgoing and holding strong points of view are abilities widely regarded as favorable for hiring leaders, and for promotion. Throughout my corporate and agency career I have experienced it myself — our systems tend to be biased towards those who are good at getting into the spotlight.
At times this can lead to moth-like behavior. Swarms of aspiring leaders and career climbers fluttering around their superiors. Blinded by those who are most visible within their span of awareness, leaders can often go for the obvious choice. It becomes a system that replicates itself, leading to a lack of diversity in leadership teams. A lack of diversity of thought, personality and approach. …