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A common personality trait of “natural” leaders is a higher than average level of extraversion. Research consistently shows extraverts, compared with introverts, are more likely to be regarded as leaders by others, and more likely to obtain leadership roles.
We decided to run an experiment to see if we could turn the leadership tables around by getting introverts to act like extroverts. We also wanted to find out how acting like an extrovert makes introverts feel about themselves.
Our results show that introverts who act like extroverts are indeed viewed by others as having more leadership potential. We also found no evidence of psychological costs for introverts.
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT EXTRAVERSION AND LEADERSHIP
Before we get to the specifics of our research, let’s briefly recap the basic science of extraversion and leadership.
Extraversion is a continuum that measures the degree to which someone is enthusiastic, assertive, and seeks out social interaction. It is typically included as part of the five-factor model of personality.