Introverts can often be judged, and labeled as snobbish, unfriendly or antisocial for being quiet and not interacting enough with others.
Introverts can often be judged, and labeled as snobbish, unfriendly or antisocial for being quiet and not interacting enough with others. Introversion is actually only one side of a personality spectrum; extroversion is the polar opposite. While some people are more introverted than others, most people fall somewhere in the middle.
Though they may be harder to identify, introverts make up approximately one third to half of the population, or one out of every two or three people. There are several advantages of being an introvert in the workplace, regardless of your position. It is not a weakness, rather a strength.
Keep reading to find out five reasons why you need an introvert in your team.
What does it mean to be an introvert?
To explain the inner core of an introvert, we have to go down to a molecular level. Dopamine is a chemical, a neurotransmitter, produced in the human body. Simply put, dopamine helps us feel good. It's an essential part of our ability to think and plan as humans. It encourages us to work hard, concentrate, and seek out new experiences.
In business, dopamine may motivate people to seek pleasure in things such as earning more money, making new friends, or being chosen for an important project at work.
Introverts and extroverts alike become more chatty, aware of their surroundings, and eager to take risks when dopamine fills the brain.
The way introverts and extroverts respond to dopamine is one of the most significant differences in their brains. It's not that introverts have less dopamine than extroverts, they both have the same amount of it in their bodies. Introverted brains are just far more sensitive to the neurotransmitter, and when overstimulated, they get exhausted. Extroverts, who aren't as sensitive to dopamine need a lot of stimulus to feel energized.
They value meaningful conversation
Small talk exhausts introverts quickly. They desire deeper, more in-depth discussions. This also explains why they value being good listeners in a conversation. Introverted coworkers and leaders are polite, and interested in your personal life and who you are outside of the workplace. They will never overstep any boundaries, but they will want to know what's going on in your life. Introverts care about and want to hear your honest opinion on matters, this goes for both casual conversation in an elevator as well as in a business setting or an important meeting.
Introverted leaders are fantastic at taking a step back and truly getting to know their staff and their company. They are empathetic and make an attempt to understand their workers' needs and wants. It's a misconception that introverts are less successful leaders than their outgoing counterparts. No matter which side of the personality spectrum you land on, use your personality strengths to manage your business.
They are calm
Introverts have a number of advantages in the workplace, one of which is their calmness. In most scenarios, they will remain calm and composed. While extroverts are more likely to become noticeably agitated and irritated in stressful situations, introverts are far better at keeping their cool. When disaster hits, introvert leaders are able to maintain their composure. Introverts are observant, and they will always do a thorough analysis of a situation before offering a solution.
They are quiet and reserved. They will never seek to be the center of attention because of their introverted character. They don't mind being the center of attention or speaking out at a conference or team meeting, but they'll never make the situation revolve around them. Not only will this increase office efficiency, but it will also make decision-making and other workplace procedures easier to handle.
They are excellent listeners
Introverts are great listeners because of their attentive and analytical nature. They have a tendency to think things through before they speak, which in turn creates valuable conversations. This skill is what makes them excellent as employees, colleagues and as leaders in the workplace. Great leaders don't simply talk; they listen to the people around them, whether they are customers or employees.
Introverts are outspoken about their opinions, yet they are also receptive to criticism and change. They respect their employees' opinions and pay attention to them when they are unhappy about something. Introverts also understand the importance of listening in order to learn as learning is essential for organisational development. Having an introvert in your team will not make it weaker, it is an essential, and healthy part of a strong team.
They will not micromanage
Introverts are generally humble people who don't want to be the center of attention. This is why introverts in the workplace never will micromanage what people do. An introverted leader tends to prefer delegating authority to their employees. The leaders have trust in their employees and will make sure that the people working for them are capable of making their own decisions and assessing situations correctly. As an employee to an introverted leader, you build confidence and learn how to trust your gut.
If you are working with an introverted coworker, they will help by offering their thoughts and ideas, but they will never micromanage how things are done.
While leaders should not just sit back and let their staff run the show, it is necessary that they allow employees to voice themselves and take charge of situations. They know that it's more important to guide than to micromanage. Micromanagement depresses employee morale, makes them feel trapped, stifles innovation, and fosters discontent. It's a delicate balancing act that introverts excel at.
They are focused and independent
Introverts are very focused at their tasks and committed to their goals as well as the company’s mission and vision. As colleagues and leaders, they are always punctual and thorough. They show up for meetings prepared and on time, they are one step ahead of the others in their team and complete their tasks on time.
Introverts are more attentive and disciplined than extroverts. Because they don't seek approval from others, they put their focus on achieving their goals. Introverts with ambition are often highly successful since their thought processes are continually focused on how to achieve goals and get things done.
Introverts are never reliant on others. They feel that relying on another individual to meet their material wants is illogical. This empowers an introvert as they know that they can handle any curveball life throws at them.
There is no need to feel self-conscious or insecure about your introverted personality, quite the opposite. You are most probably an excellent colleague and have the potential of becoming a strong leader. If you are an extrovert with introverts in your surroundings, hopefully this article has shed some light on the advantages of working with one. A team should include as many varied backgrounds, experiences, ages, and viewpoints as possible. Varied skill sets and personalities are vital for a strong team; diversity is the key to success.