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Deconstructing Management Maxims, Volume II by Kevin Wayne

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CHAPTER 3

Introverts Cannot Lead Effectively

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

—Albert Einstein

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.

—Carl Gustav Jung

Introverts have gained some overdue respect of late due to the economic success of bashful tech entrepreneurs and the release of recent books uncovering the virtues of introversion. The rise of nouveau geek chic can also be linked to successful pop culture phenomena such as television’s Big Bang Theory. But by and large, introverts have been much maligned over the years, especially since the dawning of the industrial revolution. Imagine a younger, more rural America with just ...

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