IntroductionA Deceptively Easy but Highly Delicate Balancing Act

Introvert and extrovert opposites, working together, can accomplish great things. Think John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Ralph David Abernathy and Martin Luther King Jr., and Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt. The list is extensive—likely in your life as well.

Opposites like these attract, right? They often get along very well as work partners and fill in each other’s voids. They create beautiful harmonies together.

Yet, there is another pervasive and darker truth. These high-performing duos may have the illusion of being effortlessly well balanced. In reality, complementary opposites can go off the rails very ...

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