Can introverts lead?

Breaking down stereotypes

As the senior pastor and I walked into the church office, we were greeted by two silver-haired women who were there to fold bulletins for the upcoming Sunday. At the sight of the senior pastor, their faces lit up and they quickly interposed themselves between him and the door to the pastors’ offices. For 15 minutes they exchanged pleasantries, the women lavishing praise on him for the previous Sunday’s sermon and spinning their well-rehearsed tales of hip replacements and winter arthritis. Reluctantly, the women returned to their duties, and the senior pastor paraded through the office hallway, sharing extended greetings and weekend reflections with each member of the administrative staff.


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