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Now is the time for quiet men

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If money talks, quiet men are making a loud splash these days.

Earlier this month, self-described introvert Dharmesh Shah saw his net worth top $1 billion from stock holdings in the marketing software company he co-founded, HubSpot. In late July, Apple CEO Tim Cook, another introvert, announced record quarterly revenue of $81.4 billion at the multinational technology company. Earlier in the year, yet another introvert, Jeff Bezos, led his organization to record profits. In Bezos’ last quarter as CEO, Amazon posted a first-quarter profit of $8.11 billion — more than triple the net income from the same period in 2020.

Shah, Cook and Bezos are part of a wider trend involving introverts, who tend to get their energy from solitude while extroverts gain energy from other people. In recent years, introverted men have been finding growing success and appreciation for their tendency to listen carefully, stay calm, connect and think deeply about problems. Brash, combative men have seen their cache shrink amid a more volatile, decentralized, equity-oriented business climate.

A sign of the shift can be seen in the leadership of the world’s most valuable companies. At least six of the 10 companies with the largest market capitalization are led by men who could be described as quiet or introverted. These include Cook at Apple, Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook and Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway.

Extroverts will continue to have their seat at the table. But now is the time for quiet men to join them and take the lead.

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