It gets worse though:
There's now an expectation that introverts "should" be shy, and that if you are introvert it's "normal" to suffer from social anxiety.
This just isn't true.
Introversion has absolutely NOTHING to do with confidence.
In fact, if you go and take a look at all the greatest leaders who ever lived, you'll see that most of them were introverts. Even the ones who are known for their charisma and confidence!
Here are just a few well known introverts:
Nobody can ever accuse these people of being "shy". Yet, they are (or were) all introverts and they are (or were) all powerful leaders.
Introverts are passionate for their causes, excellent listeners, and bring an independent, thoughtful approach to any challenge they face. These are tremendous leadership qualities.
Does this mean extroverts don't make good leaders?
Absolutely not. (Extroverts have other leadership talents.)
However, what it does mean is this:
If you've been holding yourself back, if you've telling yourself "but... I'm an introvert", and if you believe that you're "supposed" to by shy and anxious, then I'm here to tell you that's not true.