Volume 2, Issue 19, 12/11/08
"This is the Time for Introverts!"
A couple weeks ago I got an email from an Introvert Energizer
subscriber who said, "I think now is the time for introverts….
Now that we have an introvert for a president-elect, I'm eager
to see how he taps into his inner resources to steer our nation
in the best direction that he knows to be true.
"I'm willing to bet he'll go against popular grain more than
once, because he's listened to and acted upon his inner
convictions. He also is a fan of Lincoln, one of the most
I haven't heard that President-elect Obama identifies himself as
an introvert, but he certainly seems to fit the profile.
Here's a quote from an interview he did with the Chicago Sun
Times in 2004: "The biggest challenge, I think, is always
maintaining your moral compass. Those are the conversations I'm
having internally. I'm measuring my actions against that inner
voice that for me is audible, is active. It tells me where I
think I'm on track and where I'm off track."
Here's my current list of key strengths of introverts:
- Strong ability to focus and concentrate deeply;
- Good observers, good listeners, good planners;
- Tendency to be very responsible;
- Tendency to be independent, have the strength to make
- Tendency to be studious, smart, creative, flexible;
- Recognize the complexity and vastness of a subject, able to
understand how change will impact everyone involved;
- Tendency to be cooperative;
- Especially effective one to one;
- Know how to set a slower pace.
From what I can tell, I'd say he qualifies.
Five years ago, when my fascination with temperament started,
it wasn't long before I developed a conviction about introverts
and the world. It was that our extroverted culture is longing
for more "introvert energy" – more quiet, more reflection, a
slower pace. And because the US of A has been such a noticeable
extrovert in the world, that if we created a dynamic introvert/
extrovert balance in our national character, the whole world
would benefit. (See my website –
introverts wow! - for a bit of
visioning about an introvert-friendly world.)
So I'm looking forward to our new (introvert) president's term
with curiosity. If we're talking change, I'm guessing the
introverts of the world would get behind better introvert/extrovert
balance in a heartbeat. (It might happen without
And if President-elect Obama is, indeed, an introvert, I wish
him an unlimited supply of presidential down time.
End of food for thought – on to some practical ideas:
A Practical Idea for Introverts
Look at that list of key strengths of introverts (above). Pick
three to appreciate about yourself and be that way even more.
A Practical Idea for Extroverts
Look at the list of key strengths of introverts and choose three
you'd like to see more of in the world. Cultivate them in
yourself and appreciate them in others.
P.S. In the spirit of adequate down time in the busy holiday
season, this is the last issue of The Introvert Energizer for
2008. Happy Holidays – and see you in the new year!