October 3, 2014
Leadership – Extrovert Or Introvert?
In many firms, men and women are promoted to management positions
based at least partially, on their personality.
If they are quick to speak up, quick to take action, and good at
chatting up a crowd, management sees this as demonstrating leadership ability. They are the extroverts of the world. The result is that most managers are
extroverts and many, and in some industries most, of the people they are
managing are introverts.
The needs and motivations of these two personality types are
very different and can come into conflict in workplace
leading to hurt feelings, lost motivation, and a tense, unproductive office.
This discussion will cover what it means to be extroverted
and introverted, and what each type seeks, and avoids.
We’ll talk about the strengths and weaknesses we’ve seen
between them and talk through how those differences can be best used to achieve
our goals. We’ll also share our
experiences where the best of management and employee intentions lead to
problems in the office and ways we’ve found to avoid them in the future.
The leadership goal is to get the most out of our team by
respecting who we are.
Takeaways from the Session
Is an Introverted Leader a paradox of terms?
How best to lead a diverse group
Some approaches from experience.
About Our Facilitator:
David Oppenheimer is a technical management consultant,
author, speaker and future educator. He
has worked in the software field for over 30 years building systems for commercial
and government clients.
He was a principal and technical director at SRA
International where he founded their Knowledge Management practice, headed the
R&D division of General Dynamics’ Homeland Security Analytical Systems
Group, was CTO of Omnipod, Inc and later VeriFIDES Technology Corporation and
is currently the President of Nerd Herder Press.
David has made a career out of bridging the gap between the
highly intelligent but socially awkward technology teams and the business
world. He is the author of “The Nerd
Whisperer”, a book about how to manage these introverted but brilliant personalities.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Physics from Hampshire College, a Masters in
Engineering Management from the George Washington University, and a Project
Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute.
He lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife, Elise (also a Nerd Herder) and is
the proud father of Megan who, despite her best intentions, is also in the