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#LunchtimeSession with Prof. Jacqueline Baxter

Where: Online (Zoom)
Date: Wednesday 27th March 2024
Time: 12pm – 1pm (UK time)

Join us online on 27th March for the next instalment of our #LunchtimeSessions when host, Jacqueline Baxter, will ask ‘Are we allowing our introverts to become leaders?’ Read on for more about the discussion…

Leadership Emergence of Self Perceived Extroverts in Educational Settings

Introversion and extroversion are personality traits that define individuals’ preferences for social interaction and energy sources. Introverts tend to be more reserved, drawing energy from solitary activities, and often display reflective thinking. Extroverts, on the other hand, are known to thrive in social settings, gaining energy from interaction, and typically exhibit outgoing and expressive behaviour (Gila et al., 2014).

Leadership ideals in the global North often lean towards extroversion due to cultural norms and historical context and extroverted traits such as assertiveness and charisma align with prevailing Western notions of success and dominance. However, such emphasis can side-line introverted leaders who bring valuable qualities such as reflective thinking and active listening. Studies highlight how such stereotypes lead introverts to perceive leadership roles as incompatible with their personalities, thus deterring them from applying (Judge et al., 2002).

In this interactive seminar Professor Baxter will discuss barriers faced by self-perceived introverts, in educational settings, and how we can better build more inclusive and neurodiverse educational leadership and management cultures.

In preparation for the seminar you may like to take a look at the BBC Ideas programme made by Professor Baxter, in association with the BBC

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About the Speaker

Jacqueline Baxter is a Professor of Public Leadership and Management in the Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise at the Open University Business School. She is a former BELMAS Council Member and Former Editor-In-Chief of Management in Education.


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Please note, this event is free and open to all.


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