In a Nation with over 35 million unemployed youths, entrenched corruption and a frail economy, Nigeria’s youth are desperately in search of answers. To find them, is on a quest to track and unveil the secrets, strategies and stories of Nigeria’s most successful individuals and organizations, true unicorns turning tradition on its head, touching lives and making a massive difference, all in a bid to ultimately inspire a new generation of youths who will not only replicate success in their own lives but consequently aid the emergence of a new Nigeria. officially launches a refreshing daily dose of inspiration for the nation, code named PROJECT X.





Unemployment, success, corruption, love…you name it.

To dissect burning issues affecting Nigeria’s youth and share their unique perspectives are distinguished experts who will embark on a fantastic quest to engage, enlighten and most importantly, inspire Nigeria’s youth. Welcome to THE PANEL.






An extrovert is someone who sees outside the box, beyond his or her own personal imagination, beyond today and ahead of tomorrow. They are unlike introverts, who hardly care to think about social interaction with others, believing they can do everything, and are everything. They only believe in themselves, without bothering to train or impact others to make them better. This, among many other attributes, makes them to be considered self-centered.

Some introverts even believe they are the only ones with the best ideas and orientations to move the world, whereas 60% of leaders in the world are extroverts. To be an effective leader as an introvert, one must possess some attributes of extroversion to be able to motivate and serve his followers, assuring them he is capable of achieving their common goal.

Psychologists see introverts as those who serve themselves, if no attribute of extroversion is seen. They hardly lead their families or friends to greater heights, how much more other families, orientations, groups or sects? This is mainly because introverts are not willing to learn from others, neither are they willing to admit the mistakes they make. Such people cannot be leaders in this century or generation as they will not be able to lead the people to their dreams.

Only an individual with a brilliant social support can lead people and only extroverts are willing and able to socialize with others, feel and share in their pain and challenges, and with that, the extrovert is deemed able to cater for his or her people’s welfare. That is one of the key functions of an effective Leader.

Abɗul Lateef Abɗul Ganiu is a staff at Access Bank Plc, a political enthusiast and a visionary leader who strongly believes in selfless service to humanity.





The Merriam Webster dictionary defines an introvert as a shy person; a quiet person who does not find it easy to talk to other people and (as expected) an extrovert as a friendly person who likes being with and talking to other people: an outgoing person.

Based on these two definitions, you will naturally classify the extrovert as a better leader since he or she finds it easy to relate with others but this is not always the case. Let me give this simple illustration: Sade is 19 and is one who will naturally fall into the extrovert category. She meets people so easily and keeps some form of relationship with almost everybody but she is not dependable. She most times comes late for lectures, is not interested in business, politics or even being a class representative yet a cheerful individual.

But here is Gbenga who is just 16, soft-spoken, gentle and easy going. He gives utmost attention during lectures, seats in a constant position close to the front and contributes immensely during lectures. Even though he is not the class representative, he performs the most of the duties in group assignments, has his note as the pattern note for the entire class and is well known and respected by both his lecturers and colleagues alike.

If I may ask, who makes the better leader? Based on competence and results, Gbenga, who is an introvert, readily comes to mind. But the truth is, excellence in leadership is not so easily judged. Introversion or extroversion, even though important, are not the major criteria in being an excellent leader. What makes leadership (which according to Dr. Myles Munroe “is the capacity to influence others through inspiration motivated by passion, generated by vision, produced by a conviction, ignited by a purpose.”) effective is obviously beyond being an introvert or extrovert. It has to do with concepts like purpose, passion and vision.

Now I’m not saying introversion or extroversion has no place in leadership but I’m saying that they are not so important. When a person is truly passionate about a cause, it makes them go out of their natural comfort zone to get things done. Purposeful passion will make an extrovert choose to organize his work and character to produce enduring results. It will make the introvert show up and talk! It will make both the extrovert and introvert channel their energy towards that which is really important to them. They will learn to work in such a way that guarantees result.

What our world needs is more persons finding out that which is natural to them, channeling their energies and innate gifts towards accomplishing them to the very end as they find it as their life’s purpose. This is what true leadership is.







The true leadership potential of a good leader is encapsulated in the quietness of his/her mind that can envision a possible future but great leadership capacity is the result of a leader who can implement the process of taking his/her people into the reality of such envisioned future.

Both vision and action plays a great part in the matrix of great leadership but the greatest leaders of all time have always been extroverts with brave hearts and the tenacity to lead even when the road ahead is unknown.  Extroverts make better leaders not because they lack the pure instincts of an introvert who can craft a vision or even because they are brave enough to lead others through unknown or unfamiliar territories that are normally scary but because they have the natural ability to harness communal network through their sociable skill.

They naturally attract people to themselves and by so doing, have the ability to initiate better leadership through building synergistic relationships amongst their followers.

When introverts see more value in the abundance of ideas nursed in their quiet moments, extroverts see more value in people and therefore can accomplish leadership tasks faster by harmonizing the strengths of everyone in their team. Every organization needs the lionhearted ruggedness of an extrovert to achieve their corporate vision.

In conclusion, the finest quality of an extrovert is the ability to use his social skills to create harmonious relationship amongst his/her followers and associates in other to achieve a worthwhile vision.

Charles E. Eromosele is a leadership expert and motivational speaker. He writes at






‘Extrovert’ and ‘introvert’ are 2 contradictory words in d sense that the extrovert is positive & the introvert is negative. An Extrovert is someone who is active and confident and enjoys spending time with other people. An extrovert is friendly, sociable, accessible and touchable. It is one of d good qualities expected of a good leader. Therefore, an extrovert is a good leader. An Introvert is someone who is quiet and shy, and does not enjoy being with other people. Meɗitating on the two, it will ɓe oɓserveɗ that most active Leaders arounɗ the worlɗ are unɗouɓteɗly Extroverts. Thanks

Ogunniran Sunɗay works at a Printing Press. He is a Pastor and outspoken leader with an uncompromising stance on integrity.



Do introverts or extroverts make better leaders?

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Published by Ogunbowale Olugbenga

Ogunbowale Olugbenga is a multiple award winning social entrepreneur & digital skills expert. An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management (USA), He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). Inspired by the plight of millions of unemployed youths, Olugbenga founded, a digital agency passionately growing businesses & accelerating the application of digital skills for economic prosperity across Africa. To help institutions prevent scandals & promote performance, Gbenga founded Polivoice.Work, an anonymous employee feedback tool that captures & analyses feedback anonymously in real time to detect, predict & improve work place conditions. A Mandela Washington Fellow, Tony Elumelu Fellow, Royal Common wealth society fellow, YALI star of business & YALI network influencer, Olugbenga is the founder of Africa’s biggest orphanage outreach, The Orphan Empowerment Society, with a 5,000 strong volunteer force and a presence in 19 African countries empowering thousands of orphans with free vocational skills, medical care, & food. He is also the co-founder of the communication & leadership organization, Pacesetters Leadership Club.


  1. After reading all postings on this issue, I have come to understand that there is lack of understanding of the true nature of extroverts and introverts. The first major mistake is the notion that the two personality traits are opposite of each other. To be clear, personality traits are not clear cut. That is to say, they are not black and white. Rather, they actually overlap like the rainbow colors. In other words, all so-called extroverts have some degrees of introverts in them, and vice-versa.
    Another important points to be made here is, the discovery by personality experts that there are more than two types of personality traits; some say, seven, some say nine, and there are few who have found thirteen personality traits. Knowing how complex human nature is, proponents of these multiple personality traits make more sense. And as a matter of fact, the extrovert-introvert approach to personality assessment or evaluation or whatever you choose to call it, is actually obsolete. This is because of research into personality approaches that indicates higher levels of complexity in human nature–a point that I just made.
    Now, if one decides to assess extroverts and introverts in real terms, introverts always makes better leaders for the simple fact that they are always more intelligent, better and faster learners, more understanding, more thoughtful, more contemplative. It is such that people mistake many introverts as extroverts because of their inherent and high capacity to learn and adapt to situations and environment. Popular examples of introverts are President Muhammad Buhari, President Barrack Obama, the Dailai Lama, Dr. Kofi Anan (former UN Secretary General), General Ibrahim Babangida, late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
    As for extroverts, they generally have average intelligence, and they juxtapose the rest. They easily push themselves to leadership positions because they are generally good at manipulating listeners. When they are good, they are really good, and when they are bad, it easily shows, because they do not know how to keep their mouth shut. Examples are Mr Donald Trump (US Republican Presidential candidate-to-be), the late Adegoke Akintola, Mr Richard Akinjide, SAN, US former President Clinton, British PM Cameron.
    I hope I have shed some light into this debate. As you can see there are lots of characteristics to consider in determining personality traits.


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