|Ambivert in action? (Photo by ThePlaz)|
Professor Adam Grant of the Wharton School of Business not only dispels myths about introverts and extroverts, but also extols the virtues of ambiverts.
In an article for The Huffington Post titled "5 Myths About Introverts and Extroverts at Work," Grant points out that introverts are often unfairly described. However, Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking has begun to change all that.
Introverts are now "coming out of the closet," and society is discovering that they are indeed sociable, as well as a great asset to professional undertakings. They are no more anxious than extroverts are - and can be excellent leaders, orators, and salespeople.
Nevertheless, on a scale of one to five (one being "extremely introverted" and five being "extremely extroverted"), the average in 2013 was 3.39. This indicates that many are actually ambiverts – part introvert and part extrovert.
According to Grant, ambiverts have the best of both worlds. They can be "quiet in some situations and loud in others." They alternate between spotlight and background. In other words, "they have the flexibility to adapt to the demands of the situation."
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