After returning from a 4th of July celebration, I sat down in front of my computer to unwind a little. If you are wondering why I felt the need to relax after a party, you must be an extrovert. Even though I enjoyed myself, I still had to decompress after socializing for a better part of the day.
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In the name of research, I took several different tests from the first page of Google results. Most of them labeled me an introvert. However, one claimed that I was an extrovert while another one decided that I was more of an ambivert (a mix of both extro- and introvert).
How do I feel about the results? Admittedly, I winced a little every time I saw “Introvert” in my results. It is because somewhere in the back of my head, I have this image of a kid I knew in primary school, and it is not a flattering one. He was SO shy. Whenever anyone tried to talk to him, he would do anything in his power to avoid them. He would either laugh nervously at whatever you said, ignore you, or curse like a sailor (which was impressive but also offputting for kids that age). His academic life was in shambles, too, because he did not perform well under pressure. During tests, he felt too stressed to perform well under time constraints. When called to the blackboard, he would be paralyzed with fear. After all, all eyes would be on him. Everyone would be listening to what he had to say. He preferred to just say nothing.
Being shy does not equate to being introverted. I know that. But, somehow, I still think of all the negative traits of an introvert before I think of the good ones. Yes, I think having the ability to reflect and be self-aware is very beneficial to my growth and development. Yes, I think having the ability to be alone without going crazy came in handy during my coronavirus quarantine(s). Yes, I believe having only a couple of close friends is better than having a bunch on which you cannot rely.
Did you know?
“Researchers have found that introverts have a higher blood flow to their frontal lobe than extroverts do. This part of the brain helps you remember things, solve problems, and plan ahead.”WebMD
How cool is that?
By now, you might be wondering why I am talking about introverts vs. extroverts while this article was supposed to be about the character traits of a potential presidential candidate. It is because I have recently started reading a book on introverts.
So far, I have read about the rise of extroversion as the preferred trait in a human being in the US. Very interesting. I have also begun reading about various leadership studies. While many people associate good leadership with those who are extroverted, research shows that introverts make great leaders as well. Sometimes, they do even better than their extroverted peers.
When I returned home on Saturday night, I opened the news and saw that Kanye West announced that he was running for president.
Once I saw that I could not help but laugh to myself. It reminded me of the time when Kid Rock threw his head into the ring for a seat in the Senate. I laughed at celebrities wanting to try out for THE leadership position while thinking that I would make for an excellent candidate. That got me thinking.
What character traits should the US President possess?
- Mental fortitude
The President faces a lot of uncertainty and adversity. Being able to focus and make decisions is of utmost importance for someone in that seat.
In an article in Entrepreneur, Sherrie Campbell lists “patience, creativity, exploration, and execution” as the necessary components of mental fortitude.
- Listening ability
The President is like the CEO of any company – they make big decisions without being down in the trenches. They rely on heads of departments to tell them what is going on in various corners of the firm.
To fulfill their duties effectively, they need to have the ability to listen. If you have an advisor yet refuse to really listen to what they have to say, you run the risk of making the wrong move.
The President needs to care about their people. After all, they got that position to serve the country and its citizens.
In order to make decisions that will positively change the world, you need to put yourself in the shoes of “average” people. You need to feel what they feel.
Naturally, there are many other traits that one should possess when running for president, like wisdom, honesty, integrity, etc. However, I feel like we forget a few other characteristics, skills, and abilities when imagining the perfect president.
We have been taught that a good president needs to be a phenomenal leader. Going down the chain, we know that a leader should be charismatic. We think that because a leader needs followers. The person with the loudest mouth (extrovert) seems to have the job cut out for them.
In “Quiet,” Susan mentions “the Bus to Abilene,” which is a common phrase in the U.S. Army. It stems from a Texan family, sitting on the porch during a summer day. Suddenly, one of them says that they are bored and that they all should go to Abilene. Once there, someone mentions that they did not want to go but went because the other people wanted to go. Then, the others start chiming in, and it turns out that they did not want to go, either—herd mentality.
An introvert can be a leader, too. Just because someone is not loud, does not mean they do not have good ideas. Sometimes, instead of looking in the directions of the screaming and yelling, we need to turn towards the person sitting quietly in the corner.
- How (if at all) did you celebrate Independence Day? If you live outside of the US, I would be curious to know how you usually celebrate your country’s independence.
- Are you an extrovert, an introvert, or do you fancy yourself an ambivert?
- What do you think about Kanye West running for president?
- Do you think an introvert would make a good president?
- Do you think you would make a good president? Why? Why not?
- What qualities should the President of the U.S.A. possess?
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