The Tyranny of the Extroverts
If "interpersonal skills" really means skills, then I can't object, but I'm afraid that in the wrong hands it means something more like "interpersonal style", and in particular it means the style of extroverts. I have the same concern about "communication skills." People have different styles; if my style isn't the same as yours, does that mean I lack skills?
Instead of changing the more introverted engineers to make them fit into the world of extroverts, maybe we should be looking for ways to take advantage of the particular styles and abilities of introverts. And instead of trying to fix them, maybe we should be making sure that smart, interesting people who happen to be introverts get the same respect and recognition as their extroverted counterparts.
a0z0ra @ 11:37 AM  |