The extravert ideal - the bold, outspoken personality - is promoted in so many self help books… what about the introvert? While many leaders and successful people are extraverts, there are many introvert characteristics that make just as good of a leader, but no one talks about them. So let’s talk about them. This is how you, as an introvert, can work in a seemingly extravert dominated workplace.
Draw on your natural strengths. Find ways to contribute and be recognized for the real value you add. You can lead the way with strategic thinking or new ideas. Do what you do, and be great at it.
Avoid being put on the spot. Know your stuff and prepare ahead. This helps prevent being thrown off guard and makes speaking up in meetings more comfortable.
Do things outside your comfort zone. You do not have to be uncomfortable, but find little ways to stay engaged within your company. Make eye contact with coworkers when walking through the office, greet those who may pass by your desk. Make small adjustments so that you aren’t lost in the background of the workplace.
Build in time for yourself. The work environment can be overwhelming and draining, especially for an introvert. Find time to take for yourself to regroup, re-energize, and get organized. This can help reduce stress and make your day more productive.
You do not have to change who you are to thrive in your workplace. But these tips can help you be your best you and to be confident facing your day. Embrace your introvert self.