Being an introvert is certainly not easy. While most people around you are extroverts and tend to be super outgoing and communicating with others effortlessly on a daily basis, being in a large group of people can certainly hit a nerve for you and make you lose all of your energy. This is certainly an issue that bugs many introverts and needs to be taken seriously. We cannot just get out of our shell at one go and be comfortable and outgoing with people around us, and this can lead to serious misunderstandings as well.
However, being an introvert comes with its share of perks as well, and these people can certainly excel in the workplace in ways that extroverts cannot. Let us have a look at how:
1. Be the good listener you already are
Perhaps one of the biggest strengths of an introvert is that the person is a very good listener. This is also the reason why they sometimes appear to be closed off, this adds to the very fact that an introvert appears to be reserved and truly, most of them are. However, this trait which is significant in most introverts can, in fact, prove to be an exceptional strength for them because when you are a good listener, the person on the other end feels that they are respected and their requirements and specification details are listened to with great attention to detail.
They feel that the other person is giving them the attention they deserve, and truly, the introvert feels most comfortable when someone else is in the spotlight and they do not want to be the center of attention most of the time. They inherently know that they would do much better as an audience to others.
This is why most introverts are better at working on their own, in back-office duties and specific responsibilities assigned to them that require blending in the background and merging with others in the team that deals with groundwork, be it at the back of the stage or working as a part of a business organization or a non-profit organization.
2. Hangout with an individual or a small group
Being around a small group of people won’t hurt. It is most definitely draining for a person who is an introvert to be in a large group of people for a long time, but being in a group of three to four people, or maybe hanging around an individual they connect with more is something that is very much doable for them. It is certainly better than being a lone wolf, all by themselves, they do get to learn a great deal from their companions as well about work and life.
3. Be authentic about who you are
Trying to be someone you are not can be a very vain attempt to cover up who you truly are. It means you are not strong enough, you do not have enough respect for yourself- the person who has struggled through the bad days and has faced so many adversities in life, and emerged victorious out of all the hardships. It’s very important to have good self-esteem and the best way that you can exhibit this confidence about who you are is by being authentic about yourself. Never try to exhibit traits that are not of your own, the truth will speak for itself, sooner or later.
The better thing to do is to know your strengths and weaknesses and work on them. Hone your positive skills, so that you can harness them in order to yield even more positive results. Know where you falter so that you can work on those areas and produce a better version of yourself in the long run.
4. Be self-dependent
While companies have always focussed on being a team player, it is important that you do not lose perspective, and most importantly, your originality. Be self-reliant and exert your independence wherever you can.
To conclude, everything has it’s positive and negative aspects, and the same rule applies when you are an introvert. Always remember, play to your strengths!
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