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You would perhaps struggle to find any real, hard proof that introverts are more successful entrepreneurs than thei...
You would perhaps struggle to find any real, hard proof that introverts are more successful entrepreneurs than their extrovert opposites. However, there’s some undeniable circumstantial evidence that this could be the case.
So, what is that evidence, I hear you ask?
Well here’s some: Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Larry Page, the CEO of Google, and famous money-maker Warren Buffett.
Clearly, this is all rather subjective. It would be easy to produce a similar list of extroverted success stories, and the very definition of “introvert” or “extrovert” has potential for debate.
However, let’s assume, just for the purposes of this article, that introverts do make the best entrepreneurs. Here are some potential reasons why:
Listening is a crucial skill in business, as it helps entrepreneurs understand what customers want. Extroverts may sometimes be able to “steamroller” quick decisions out of weak-willed individuals, but this is more likely to make them successful salespeople than successful, balanced entrepreneurs.
Sophia Dembling, the writer of Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World, emphasises that the correlation between introversion and shyness is a common misconception. As she states: “shyness is a behaviour in reaction to conditions; introversion is a motivation.”
As such, introverts can often perform just as well as their extroverted peers in meetings, presentations and pressured situations.
Some companies thrive with an enigmatic, extroverted figurehead, but such a person is by no means essential. Introverts can build strong and loyal teams, and allow the extroverts to stand out on their own merits.
As Mike Jones, the former CEO of MySpace, says: “A good worker wants to be the smartest person in the room. A good CEO wants to hire the smartest person in the room.”