Let’s be honest: Our working environment is partly a large stage on which we need to market ourselves and represent our abilities in order to succeed. It all comes down to how we are able to emphasize strengths and cover up weaknesses.
However, often we forget that perceived weaknesses can also be strengths that equip us with excellent characteristics, and sometimes we do not recognize their potential. If you are somewhat familiar with psychology, you have probably heard of the Big 5 personality traits. It postulates that the personality of each human being can be determined based on 5 dimensions: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, neuroticism and agreeableness.
An introverted person has a low score on the scale of extraversion, and is therefore fundamentally cautious and reserved and anything but social. But must this be seen as a weakness? Do introverted people have poorer career opportunities or are they less successful than others?
Perhaps it is time to stop thinking in the categories of “bad” or “better” but see it as just “different”. Here are a couple of reasons summarized for you on why it pays to promote introverts in the workplace.
6 reasons why you should promote introverts in the workplace
- Introverted people are quiet but far from being unproductive. They care far less about being superstars but they want the job done as well as possible.
- Introverts are often characterized by analytical thinking and persistence. Is that not better than someone who only gives you empty promises?
- Introversion is often confused with shyness or fear of social situations. In this case, it always means that these people are introverted and have a high degree of self-reflection. You can be sure as the boss that this person is not overrated …
- Introverted people can be very creative. You need not pressurize but must give them the necessary space and see the impact!
- Introverts are very attentive to their surroundings. They are very good observers and take more details into consideration compared to their extroverted colleagues. This is very important especially in team communication and negotiations.
- They are the perfect listeners and have a high degree of empathy. This is particularly important in the management of employees. This gift also helps them with customers. A study from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania have found that companies that require much personal responsibility of their employees, then are most successful when they are out of introverted boss. I think Sheryl Sandberg could not agree more …
Have we got you convinced? Maybe this is why as a boss, you should not push introverted colleagues to the sidelines.