Quiet in the workplace

Introversion-and-ExtroversionHave you ever declined an invitation to a party because you preferred to stay home, reading a good book or watching a movie? Is public speaking your worst enemy? Do you tend to be quiet in groups? Chances are you are an introvert. So how can you still shine in workplace environment dominated by extroverts? And just as importantly, what extroverts can learn from introverts to make a better workplace and take advantage of the best of both personality types?

Our workplaces undeniably put more and more emphasis on collaboration, encouraging brainstorming and meetings. However, it seems that these tend to, on the contrary, reduce creativity because some people are afraid to speak up and only the ideas of the louder and more charismatic people tend to be heard. It has been shown that the most creative people NEED privacy and closed environments.

If you’re an introvert, you might have taken on the habit of pretending you are an extrovert to “fit in”. Although adapting the way one acts according to situation is not bad, constantly pretending to be something one is tiring and unhealthy. Introverts and extroverts have different qualities, which need to be taken advantage off; just as managing to work well in a multicultural environment is important. According to scientists, the main difference between those two personality types is that they respond differently to different levels of stimulation. So the key to success is to put yourself into the zone of stimulation that is right for you – stay true to your true self.

In a society that has come to idealize extroversion and see introversion almost as pathology, we need to review the way we think of leadership to use everyone’s strengths in order to create balanced workplace environments.

 

If you’re interested in this topic, read “Quiet, the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop speaking” by Susan Cain which is a really interesting book.

 

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