Being an introvert is often seen as a disability in business. It’s almost as if not wanting to speak to people is a bad thing. Apart from being the weird person in the corner, you’re also someone who doesn’t have the confidence to succeed. Write them off now and don’t give them a second glance is the diagnosis. Nope, give me an extrovert any day of the week.
Surprisingly to some, extroverts aren’t as equipped to deal with business success. As it turns out, introverts hold the key. Below are four reasons why the shy, seemingly timid person at the interview table may be the perfect hire.
They Like Solitude
They’re by no means the type of person who shuns all human contact. People like Sheldon Cooper are few and far between. Sure, they have no issue with being alone because they enjoy solitude. It gives them time to think over their next moves and how to succeed. This is the first reason introverts are essential to the office. Secondly, they don’t shout out as soon as an idea pops into their head. Rather, these people internalize it and tell the boss when it’s a viable option. Thirdly, they are great in small groups such as business meetings. See – solitude isn’t a negative.
They Don’t Need Validation
Extroverts must get someone to give them a pat on the back for their work. Apart from being tiring, it’s time-consuming too. Managers who have other things on their plate need to stop what they’re doing every five minutes to validate an idea. Introverts have no need for this type of interaction. Instead, they do the best job possible by trusting their knowledge and gut instinct. Some people may say this is a bad move but a stomach is a form of data. It’s an automatic impulse which says yes or no depending on the situation.
But They Aren’t Arrogant
Don’t see a lack of validation as overconfidence. They are confident in their abilities, but they aren’t arrogant enough to believe they know everything. Extroverts are because the glory is the most important thing. As a result, an “inny” will look for outside help as and when they come up against a stumbling block. Imagine selling a business and needing to find a buyer. An extrovert will try to be the realtor whereas the introvert will delegate to an expert. Which one is the best option is a no-brainer.
Yes, this is a good thing. Confident employees are obsessed with proving themselves right. They can’t be wrong as it will ruin their ego. So, it’s hard to have a grown-up conversation with them as they try to interrupt and argue back. Introverts are different because they listen, take in the info and then respond. Therefore, it’s easier to get on a level and work through whatever differences may pop-up. From a management point of view, they are a piece of cake as there is no need to hold their hand.
Can you see the benefits of introverts now?