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Wednesday, June 07, 2006 12:03 PM
Does This Surprise You?
Kevin Salwen on Culture

Get me Myers-Briggs. I read this piece in USA Today this morning about CEOs often being introverts and set my mind whirring. Would I expect more to be extroverts? Sure.  Am I surprised that more are shy and prefer to avoid the limelight? I don't think so.

What do you think? Is there a personality type that better fits the corner office? Do CEOs (like U.S. presidents) need to have charisma and extroverted characteristics? Or can that be hired?




2 comments

Lisa Haneberg - 6/8/2006 1:18:41 AM
Many introverts have charisma. I would expect a blanace - there ar all kinds of CEOs just like other positions. Many CEO tasks would challenge extroverts like the need to make unpopular decisions, reflect, and analyze. Of course, I won't generalize, many extroverts can do these things well. We all impersonate the behavioral tendencies that are not natural for us.
Jon Fisher - 6/7/2006 1:11:33 PM
Not at all. CEOs need to be reflective and visionary. Presidents, on the other hand, are quite often extroverts. About a decade or so ago, you saw this combination at Coca-Cola. Goizueta was introverted but a true visionary. Don Keogh was the public speaker and the flesh-presser. It's a winning combination.

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