Does introverted equal unsuccessful?

Alright, I know the answer to this question, but it’s something that I often think about. Just humor me for a bit.

I am a very introverted person. Very introverted. In fact, you could probably put me in the reclusive category.

When I was a kid, I would get so embarrassed if my parents came to see me at school that I would actually try to hide from them. It’s not that I was ashamed of my parents, I just didn’t want the attention from other people knowing that my parents were at school.

Fast forward twenty years and you’ll find that same shy kid trying to create a successful business.

Social interaction is difficult for me.  And networking and cold calling? I would rather move a big pile of rocks than be in either one of those situations.

So the question I often wrestle with is this — can a very introverted person be successful in business?

You often hear about the successful business person whose charm and charisma catapulted them to the top. It seems as though their extroverted personality is what brought them success.

If an extrovert’s charisma brings success, can an introvert’s lack of charisma have the same effect?

In his book “Good to Great,” Jim Collins and his team researched some of the top performing companies in history. In regards to the leaders of these top companies, their personalities ranged from extremely charismatic to downright reclusive.  Collins would argue that the effectiveness of a business leader is less about personality and more about personal humility and professional will.

So I guess I should stop worrying about being introverted and just get to work! With a dose of humility of course.