Do you need to be an extrovert to run a company?

Do you need to be an extrovert to run a company?

As you may have noticed, the world is largely led by extroverts ‒ which makes sense. Extroverts can communicate, socialise, and cooperate reasonably with others. They have a certain charisma that suits well with the team they are leading. However, it does not mean that if one isn’t, or does not consider themselves, an extrovert, they cannot handle a team well. 


While we often connect excellent communication skills to extroverts, many introverted people are also great at this, including entrepreneurs. Some of the leading entrepreneurs in the world are known to be introverts, including Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Elon Musk. Do you want to start a company but don’t feel confident talking to other people? It’s something that you should work out. Although, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to mingle with other people all the time. Communication skills can be improved by listening actively, controlling your emotions, understanding nonverbal communication and comprehending the message.


Data analysis is something that you cannot associate with any personality. You don’t need to be an extrovert or an introvert to understand the data. What you need to have is a critical mind to analyse the information and system that go around your company. Your personality does little to no effect in interpreting the facts given.


Planning is a skill that requires more than one mind. Brainstorming is part of planning, where you need to seek ideas from other people. Understandably, you don’t quickly feel comfortable when talking with others, but running a company requires more than one person to be successful. If you are an introvert, it helps if you learn how to adjust according to the situation. Plus, it would be best to learn how to delegate tasks to others, so being timid would not do any good for your business.


Again, this skill cannot be associated with introverts or extroverts. It’s one’s ability to understand the problem and find solutions. Having a sharp mind to make strategic decisions, especially in desperate situations, is obviously a boon. 


A specific personality trait is not required here. Not everyone can be quick-witted, or respond to issues instantly, so whether you are an extrovert or an introvert this is something you can develop. In the cut-and-thrust world of commerce, hosts of people are counting on you to fix problems, so it’d be prudent to learn techniques to improve this skill.

In business, it doesn’t really matter whether you are an extrovert or an introvert. There are plenty of extroverted people who cannot lead a team, and introverts excel in running companies across the board. What matters the most is the desire and intention of that person in managing the business. Your goal and action speak more than your characteristics, so it is best to focus on reaching for that instead of changing who you are. If it does not help you to become successful, why change? If it makes you uncomfortable, why do it? At the end of the day, it is the result that we should direct our attention on.

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