Extract from a new book about the ability of introverts to lead in church and business, despite cultural expectations (especially in the USA) that favour extraverts. The article cites research that shows that in fact the larger-than-life, dominant characters set up their successors for failure.
I must look at these. Interesting stuff. It may be a case that some introverts may be less likely to depend on themselves, and thus rely more on His strength in our own weakness. I have no evidence for that – pure hypthesis so if anyone wants to shoot at it feel free.
On a random website I found once, explring Myers Briggs and occupations which might suit them:
ISTJ – Accountancy and other things
ISFJ – Accountancy and “The Church”
Again how scientific that is in terms of looking at desirabl;e characteristics for roles, or whether it looks at what we are drawn to – you tell me!
Intersting is that I was Myers Briggsed at work 5 yerears ago and while I was a firm ISTJ overal, the Thinking/Feeling axis was very close to neutral. And I did feel the summary was a fair description of me. And I am an accountant, and now also a Lay Minister (Reader in CoE). I was “tested” after I started formal training. Have I gravitated/ been led to the right roles.
Make of that what you will. But I would have described my vicar as extrovert – well much more than I am.
I suspect all this unerlines the danger of “one person ministry”. A balanced team mixing characteristics seems the way to go?
I had an email today from Amazon saying they’ve dispatched my copy of McHugh’s book. Am looking forward to it!