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Has anyone ever worked with An Introvert Project Manger? was he/she effective

Often times we look for individuals with certain qualities to lead projects and teams, what does the Introvert leader team look like
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I have never encountered one yet. I feel that type of PM will not work out.

I have experienced working with an introvert programmer and it was challenging. They want very little interaction with people and prefer to hide in their office space,

thank you Drake!

Ephraim -

We need to remember that someone can be introverted by nature but recognizing that be able to act extroverted sufficient to be effective. An extreme introvert may have challenges doing so, but I've known many naturally introverted PMs who are quite successful.

At its core, introversion indicates that someone draws energy from within more than from without.


I have worked with introvert PM in the past and it was very hard. I remember reaching out to other project managers who identify as introverts to find how they best operate. It looks like to me that its best to communicate through email when possible rather than one-on-one meetings.

Kiron is spot on. I am an INTJ (read as introverted), yet people who interact would say I am extroverted, which you need to be in order to be an effective project manager or any manager/leader.
1 reply by Dayiris Barrios
Feb 23, 2018 4:00 PM
Dayiris Barrios
Hi Sante, I'm also an INTJ personality type. I consider myself an introvert. Knowing myself helps to identify areas of improvements. I love alone time, but I've learned to develop communication skills and leadership skills to influence my project team members. Introvert people have many potential to successfully navigate into the Project Management world :)

I agree with Kiron and Sante. There was an article written a while ago explaining the differences between the different types of personalities according to MBTI. I thought it was pretty good. I search and this article - showed the differences. Each type brings their unique effectiveness.

I am an introvert, but I am able to work with other people quite well. Being an introvert means that working with people all day exhausts you, whereas an extravert is energized when working with people.
Therefore I do better with morning meetings as opposed to late afternoon meetings.
3 replies by Dayiris Barrios, Sante Vergini, and Vincent Guerard
Feb 18, 2018 1:20 AM
Sante Vergini
Dinah, you read my mind.
Feb 19, 2018 8:38 AM
Vincent Guerard
Certainly like your description
Feb 23, 2018 4:02 PM
Dayiris Barrios
Agree! Sometimes people confuse introversion with being shy. Two different things :)

Lot of times including today.Perhaps I do not understand the question but I do not see a problem on that. Introvert people can perform project management without any problem, at least in my personal experience leading group of project manager from 30 years ago.

Valuable Insight thank you Dinah, Kiron Sante and Anish. sometimes the preferred communication method may differ for an introvert as Anish pointed out.

"...sometimes the preferred communication method may differ..."
Rather than 'assuming' it may be X vs. Y, how about simply asking the PM?
Regardless if one is an Introvert or an Extrovert, different people have different communication styles and preferences. It doesn't make one better than the other, it is just different.
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