How Being an Introvert Is Good for Business

June 3, 2016

10:10 am

In business, we’re always asked to challenge our expectations and to break into something deeper. The nature of the very industry calls for this – we’re constantly in connections with other people, either physically or digitally, to network and further nurture our roots within the industry. However, while it may seem like extroverts are the most qualified for getting this done, being an introvert has its perks as well. In fact, being an introvert can be just as good for business as being more extroverted. Here are three ways that introverts can have the upper hand in business, as told by Business Insider.

Active Listening

Introverts, by their very nature, have a tendency to be more comfortable with listening rather than talking. But this isn’t just a personality quirk – it’s an undervalued skill that can benefit anyone in their career. Being an active listener helps you focus on work – whether that comes in the physical manifestation of developing products, or helping you to deepen your personal relationships.

Interacting with others as an active listener makes those around you feel respected and valued. Even if you’re more introverted by nature, your tendency to make those around you feel like you care about what they have to say will also serve you.

Creativity

Creativity can affect everyone, but introverts are able to take in a great deal to become inspired when it’s time to create. That imagination that introverts are known for can help them find new ways of problem-solving, creating products, or just honing in on a creative outlet after a long work day. This creativity comes from a culmination of introverts’ other skills: deep thinking, strategic planning, and experiencing sufficient periods of solitude to dedicate time in letting these ideas grow.

Creativity may not come easily for everyone, but these tips can help introverts find new ways to succeed outside of the box.

Leadership

When you think of leadership, introverts may not be exactly what you’re expecting. In fact, you may have an image of a charismatic, extroverted public speaker. While they may not be what you’re expecting, introverts make for great leaders. Why? Mainly, introverts find success through their passion and dedication to servicing others.

In addition to being excellent listeners and creatives, introverts can effectively lead a group because of these skills, and more. Their quieter exteriors let them process information differently than extroverts, and they can take in the resolve of the team and make decisions that will best benefit everyone, not just themselves. Their shyer ways also lessen the possibility of taking leadership roles for the sake of the title; if an introvert is leading the group, it’s most likely because they are effective leaders.

Being an introvert may seem like a disadvantage, but to succeed in business, introverts must begin to see their traits as strengths, and not disadvantages just because they differ from those of extroverts.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to cameron@tech.co or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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