Introverts are the quiet ones, often mistrusted by extroverts for their lack of Labrador Retriever-like enthusiasm and gregariousness. They exhibit none of these “desirable” traits:
- Introverts are seen as having poor interpersonal skills because of their tendency to be quiet. They are often perceived as being antisocial and overly reserved or aloof.
- Introverts are seen as unable to excel under pressure.pressure.
- Introverts are seen as suffering from “analysis paralysis” and unable to take action.
- Introverts are seen as poor communicators because they tend not to share ideas unless prompted in group situations.
- Introverts are seen as lacking initiative, because they prefer not to talk about their work or problems they are solving.
- Introverts are not seen as team players.
In the eyes of extroverts, introverts are the loners, the outcasts, the socially awkward geeks…certainly not leaders or success stories! Viewed as lacking the “necessary” skills of business success, introverts are at a disadvantage when it comes to getting hired for sales or “people oriented” positions and are often overshadowed in the workplace by their extroverted colleagues.
In a business culture where group interaction is valued, many offices are set up open-plan and brainstorming meetings dominate idea generating, the introvert is at a distinct disadvantage.
If you’re an introvert or if you work with introverts, you need to learn how to make the most of your inner power, how to work and co-create with extroverts, how to navigate the business culture and how to grow your career or business and launch your success, quietly, with reserve and dignity – the introverted way. Don’t let your more vocal brethren overshadow your talents or your contribution. Make your quiet presence felt, if not heard.