Why Every Workplace Needs an Introvert
The world is an extrovert-dominated place. Even workplaces are designed to suit the extrovert nature. Read any job description and you will see that they require dynamic people, self-starters, go-getters, effective-communicators and amazing presenters for nearly all types of positions. Where does that leave a quiet individual who is a silent genius and usually the mastermind behind projects that extroverts in the top hierarchy take credit for? When the time comes for the company to bring down the axe, the introverts usually get it since they have spent more time working and less time networking and sucking up to the bosses.
Here, we will highlight a few reasons why every workplace needs an introvert to thrive and how they make an important asset.
Introverts are excellent listeners. They listen to understand issues from all sides before taking a stand. And this makes them exceptional at decision making. Their opinions and commands are thought out well and are not impulsive nor emotionally driven.
They have a presence
Even though introverts don’t speak often, but when they do, they command attention. Their opinions are well-measured and when they raise a point in any meeting, it is a point that actually makes sense which cannot be said for all who usually just air opinions to cancel out others.
They are organized
Introverts are great at planning and making schedules as they think through things carefully. They are also great writers and that makes them effective communicators in the non-verbal medium.
They are critical
Introverts are sharp and critical. Since they listen more and speak less, they are known for making comments that hit a mark. They can point out details that many people miss. Often, after a brainstorming session, a manager may get an email with additional ideas or critique that proves to be valuable.
They are smart
That silent person in the corner does not have an attitude problem. Just because they do not contribute much to the conversation does not mean that they are silently judging your level of being common-minded. Experts say that introverts are more refined, more sensitive and more reflective than extroverts and hence, they mostly bite back impulsive remarks that they may think about. ‘Think before you speak’ cannot be practiced by all and this is where an introvert leads.
They are creative
Introverts are the think tanks in an organization. If given the freedom, they come up with brilliant ideas that later transform into a project that someone else takes credit for. It will not come as a surprise if you find out that most inventors were introverts.
With that said, it takes all kinds to run a workplace. The world needs a balance of extroverts and introverts with one side strategically planning while the other side executes the plan into motion.
A Selection of Introvert Quotes
“Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.” ~ John Green
“Telling an introvert to go to a party is like telling a saint to go to Hell.” ~ Criss Jami, Killosophy
“Because introverts are typically good listeners and, at least, have the appearance of calmness, we are attractive to emotionally needy people. Introverts, gratified that other people are initiating with them, can easily get caught in these exhausting and unsatisfying relationships.” ~ Adam S. McHugh
“Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe” ~ Susan Cain
“In an extroverted society, the difference between an introvert and an extrovert is that an introvert is often unconsciously deemed guilty until proven innocent.” ~ Criss Jami, Venus in Arms
“Introverts treasure the close relationships they have stretched so much to make.” ~ Adam S. McHugh Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture
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