Finally, Some Unflattering Research About Introverts

Introverts have many wonderful qualities that help them shine in the workplace. They have a capacity for deep thought and meaningful (if fewer) relationships, they are able to intensely focus on important tasks and they have heightened emotional sensitivity, to name a few. But when it comes to supporting the success of their extroverted colleagues, introverts may fall short.

Introverts are more likely to give low evaluations of job performance to extroverted coworkers, according to two new studies. They’re also less likely to give them credit for their achievements or endorse them for raises or promotions, the researchers, led by Dr. Amir Erez of the University of Florida, found.

“The magnitude with which introverts underrated performance of extroverts was surprising,” one of the study’s co-authors, business professor Keith Leavitt of Oregon State University, said in a statement. “The results were very consistent across both studies.”

In the first study, 178 MBA students at a large university in the southeast were assigned to four or five-person project teams for the semester. Halfway through the term, the students were asked to complete questionnaires about their fellow team members, team processes, and their own personalities.

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