Introverts, show the world your strengths

What is an introvert?

For most people, an introvert is someone who is shy, reserved, doesn’t like to be the center of attention and is uncomfortable being surrounded by too many people.

From a psychological point of view, an introvert, as opposed to an extrovert, needs less to find stimulation that’s why introverts are happy doing things like thinking, analyzing, reading, playing music, painting etc…whereas extroverts need to do more intense activities to feel stimulated.

Extroverts enjoy crowded places whereas introverts enjoy silence.

Most people think it is desirable to be an extrovert at work. It’s better for your professional life, you can easily network with other people thus boosting your career and being perceived as a leader.

However, several studies show that being an introvert can actually bring significant added-value in a business environment.

Introverts spend more time observing and listening what is going on around them. They go further in their analysis and they listen carefully to their colleagues and team members. They don’t try to micromanage their team members.

According to Adam Grant, management professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, introverts can be better at managing extroverts employees who are proactive and outgoing. They are more likely to make room for their employees’ ideas while extroverts are so excited about their own ideas that they usually do not give opportunities for others to express themselves.

Moreover, introverts find motivation in committing to their long-term objectives while extroverts are more motivated by their desire for recognition and approval.

Susan Cain wrote a book explaining how our current culture perceive introverts negatively and consider extroversion as a more favorable trait. She relies on scientific research in different areas to show that introversion is not inferior to extroversion and vice-versa. She also gives recommendation for introverts to adapt in a world where parents, education, and businesses, tend to encourage extroversion.