Although introverts make up half of the population, most of them still have to thrive in an extrovert-oriented world. In the workplace, an employee’s ability to lead should not only be characterized by their charisma and likeability. As an organization that cultivates employee confidence and productivity, we believe that with the right supervision, introverted employees can shine in the workplace.
In her book titled “Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference,” Jennifer Kahnweiler gives us an insight of how introverts can leverage their strengths to become highly effective movers of society.
Who Are the Introverts in the Workplace?
Most recruitment officers would go for candidates who are outgoing and charismatic. By doing this, they have closed their doors to those who might have been better assets to the organization. Introversion is simply a temperament or a preference.
A common negative trait associated with introversion is shyness. In fact, not all introverts are shy. They just happen to be quiet. Workplace introverts are those who do not ask too many questions during orientations and meetings. They are the ones who work quietly, do not engage in small talk and leave the office on the dot to avoid interaction.
How Introverts Can Shine in the Workplace
Quietness is not entirely negative. Introverts value their solitude, which means that they have a higher degree of self-awareness. People who are more self-aware tend to be more sympathetic and compassionate towards other people. Though they may appear passive and apathetic at times, they are actually more pensive; thus, careful and wise with their words and decisions.
Introverts reveal their talents and interests in in-depth conversation and focused dialogue. To inspire introverts to lead, managers should give them tasks that will most likely bring out their creativity. Research links creativity as a common trait among introverts. They tend to be more productive if an activity or a task brings out the inner artist in them. It will come as a surprise that the person whom everyone perceived to be submissive is actually the one to break the status quo and inspire innovation.
Introverted employees usually shy away from public speaking. As an organization, you should not just let them stay in their comfort zones. Give them opportunities to shine and put their skills and talents to good use. Contact us today and help groom them to become effective and confident public speakers and leaders.