High performing introverts are often overlooked in the workplace. In a situation where an introvert and extrovert are pursuing the same opportunity, the extrovert will have more of an advantage. Extroverts are often more vocally persuasive, making it easier for management to make a decision.
However, when scanning employees for opportunities management should not overlook the quiet introvert. High-performing introverts can add incredible value to your organization. The following leadership characteristics are often overlooked when it comes to introverts.
Introverts are often detailed-oriented.
Introverts are often attentive to the littlest detail. When details are overlooked, a small issue can result in a big issue, causing a business to lose money, time, and resources. An introvert will take their time to notice gaps in a process and find a way to make it more seamless and effective within the workplace.
Introverts are motivated by productivity.
A common misconception is that introverts are not motivated to succeed as much as an extrovert. In reality, introverts are easily motivated but by different factors. Looking at the introverted brain, the reward system operates differently. Rather than being motivated by recognition or advancement, an introvert find more value in maintaining productivity and producing high-quality work.
Introverts are not easily distracted.
Introverts may seem disconnected from their environment, but they are actually quite devoted to their work. The can easily tune out the noise around them and concentrate the task at hand. The ability to concentrate amid office noise and other distractions allows introverts to focus on the team without getting distracted.
Introverts build meaningful connections.
While introverts are not the best in front of a large group, they can build meaningful connections with both their employees and clients. Being in a one-on-one setting allows an introvert to create a genuine relationship that helps an inverted leaser be more intuned with the inner workings of their team.
Introverts solve problems with thoroughness.
Problem-solving is one of the most essential traits that a leader can have. Research indicates that introverts have a thicker gray matter in the prefrontal cortex. In this area of the brain, abstract thinking and decision making occur. Due to the makeup of introverts’ brains, they are less likely to make snap decisions and give great thought and reflection on how they can solve a problem.
The best leaders are not always the one with the loudest voice or the most outgoing personality. Believing that introverts are not worthy of leadership positions is a huge mistake. Allow introverted leaders to shine, even if they prefer to stray away from the spotlight.