An insightful recognition, but

By | June 24, 2012
Introverted collaboration hubs does not imply effective community leadership

Hubs of collaboration and facilitating are two different skills. Yes, being able to listen is critical to facilitating collaboration and also, in certain situations, to effective leadership. But in particular in online media, it's quite rare to see an introverted collaboration hub: rather, it takes a mixed personality: extroverted in engagement, and introverted in creating analytical hinsights.

I'd further argue that the proposed mix can be reached by both extroverts and introverts if the concerned individual has an inner desire to work towards that optimal mix by focusing on the half that isn't "natural". Boxing oneself into "extrovert" or "introvert" labels means simply that the other aspect is underdeveloped – possibly because of influences from experiences during childhood and lack of motivation to push beyond the comfort zone of behavioral norms. I'm not a psychologist or sociologist, so I have no idea if that's verifiable, but watching people unfold digitally, that seems to me to be at least plausible.

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Introverts as collaboration hubs.
My takeaway from this piece: introverts may be well-suited to acting as hubs (not leaders!) of collaboration, as they work well with proactive individuals. Those seeking out new collaboration models via online social networks take note. Unlike the context of larger conventional enterprises, hierarchical structures are optional for ad hoc online collaboration.

Quote: Extraverted leadership involves commanding the center of attention: being outgoing, assertive, bold, talkative and dominant. This offers the advantages of providing a clear authority structure and direction. However, pairing extraverted leaders with employees who take initiative and speak out can lead to friction, while pairing the same group of employees with an introverted leader can be a pathway to success, the researchers note.

Analyzing Effective Leaders: Why Extraverts Are Not Always the Most Successful Bosses – Knowledge@Wharton
Analyzing Effective Leaders: Why Extraverts Are Not Always the Most Successful Bosses by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School. Knowledge@Wharton covers research in Fina…

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  1. Jim Lai

    Another alternative configuration would be two-person teams or pods to complement each other's strengths and weaknesses.


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