Fresh Look – The political problem of being an introverted male
Taking an active role in office politics is psychologically taxing, and you can’t do it without social support. Here I’m talking about being the beneficiary of advice, empathy, encouragement and help with practical tasks. Without support, you will be unable to get your psychic batteries charged, and you will be alone to craft all your political moves.
New research shows that females are recipients of more support than males and that extraverts receive more support than introverts. So, what do you do if you are an introverted male? Although there is evidence that introversion is genetic, there is also compelling evidence that introverts erroneously underestimate the benefits of coming out of their shells. Unless you want to withdraw entirely from the political scene and let others control your fate, you can either act against your preferences and network or you can attempt to go it alone and burn out.
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