I must admit that it is only in recent months that I have become aware of the movement proving that successful CEO's or Leaders can indeed be introverts! Throughout my career I have been brought up on companies holding extroverts aloft as messiahs. My perception of this hasn't been helped by the large majority of my clients, during the last 19 years, appointing outgoing, gregarious extroverts and previous sales leaders into their Managing Director and CEO roles.
As an introvert myself I have always put myself in a certain box but this movement, backed with great data, should give us all confidence to reach high and secure senior Leadership roles including MD and CEO.
Their analysis, which included help from statisticians, data scientists and financial analysts, examined a sample of 930 of those CEOs to come up with the traits and patterns that most predicted which ones became a CEO. They also gathered information on the performance of 212 of them to compare how top-performers' behaviors lined up with the traits that tend to get CEOs hired. What they found surprised them. A little more than half of the CEOs who did better than expected in the minds of investors and directors were actually introverts, not the usual gregarious CEO known for glad-handing customers.