There's a paradox at the heart of how we think about leaders. Ask someone to picture a stereotypical leader and most people will think of someone confident, brash, and outgoing--the classic extrovert. But ask a person to think of real-life business visionaries and many of the people they're likely to name, from Bill Gates to Warren Buffet, are textbook examples of introverts.
"Introverts typically appear to be better listeners," says Karl Moore, a management professor at McGill University. "They wait for others to express their ideas before they jump in with theirs; they don't need to be at the center of every conversation."