08/28/2013 09:39 am ET Updated Aug 28, 2013

Marissa Mayer's Contradictory Personality Detailed In Unofficial Biography (VIDEO)

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's personality type presents an odd dichotomy. On one hand, she is constantly in the press, appearing in a glamorous fashion shoot for Vogue magazine. On the other, she's described herself as painfully shy.

Nicholas Carlson, a Business Insider reporter who wrote an extensive unofficial biography of Mayer, spoke with HuffPost Live's Dena Takruri about how Mayer's personality affects her business identity.

Many of Mayer's employees are forced to reconcile the image of their boss in the national media and the person they actually work with, Carlson said. For example, when she took over for Yahoo's interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, employees who had been hired by Levinsohn expected Mayer's first meeting to include a diplomatic speech about moving past his tenure, but instead "she just skipped past all the pleasantries," Carlson said.

"She's got a mission and she's got work to do, and she's like, 'Let's get there, and I don't really need to sit here and try to connect it for you,' " he said. "There's a different kind of relation -- relating to people one-on-one, looking people in the eye and talking with them and sort of trying to see how they feel, which I don't think is a strength of hers, versus talking to a reporter or getting a picture taken."

See the entire interview about Marissa Mayer at HuffPost Live HERE.



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