Introverts Giving Back
I am responding to your editorial in the November 2016 issue, “The Introverted Leader — An Oxymoron?” I appreciated your comments regarding the introverted leader. I, too, am an introvert. Because of that, it has taken me this long to write to you.
In spite of my being an introvert, I have served AIChE in a number of ways, including director, president, and chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees. I have served ABET in a number of roles, including president. I also served as chair of the Board of Directors of the United States Council for International Engineering Practice.
The question is — why would an introvert become so involved in these activities, where they are exposed to public observation? I believe it is because they saw a need and felt they could help address that need. I have always maintained that the mark of the true professional was a willingness to give back — to the institution that gave them professional birth and to the organizations that supported their professional growth.
Being an introvert, it has not always been easy, but it has always been worthwhile.
Stanley I. Proctor
Dialog is Key, Not Intro- vs. Extroversion
Thank you for your editorial in the November issue. I...
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