Why Business Needs More Neurotics

New research shows people have low expectations for neurotics, like Carrie Mathison in “Homeland,” above, that they frequently exceed Photograph by Kent Smith/Showtime Network/Everett Collection

With its group projects, case studies, and emphasis on leadership, business school tends to favor extroverts, or at least gives them plenty of opportunities to shine. But in a business setting, extroverts tend to suffer from the weight of the expectations people put on them—they disappoint. People expect less from neurotics, full of social anxiety and emotional volatility, and are frequently surprised by their contributions.

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