First of all, what exactly is an introvert? Well most people associate the word with people who are quiet and shy or nervous socially. While this may be true for some introverts, it’s not true for all of them. You can be a socially confident introvert.
Introverts prefer quiet, time alone or small groups as this is how they work best. They tend to find lots of social interaction tiring and that time alone energizes them.
An extrovert on the other hand may prefer louder, sociable environments as that’s how they work best. Neither is right or wrong and it doesn’t mean they can’t work in other environments.
Can you be an introvert and become successful as an entrepreneur?
After all, aren’t introverts far too shy and quiet to be able to negotiate business deals? Contrary to what a lot of people believe, introverts aren’t necessarily shy or anti-social and can certainly get ahead in the business world.
Some of the most famous CEOs in the world are self-confessed introverts, like Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.
In order to work at your best, you need to be aware of how well you work in different scenarios and build on what you’re best at. Introverts and extroverts can be good at the same things but approach them in different ways.
Tips for introverted leaders
Remember that your personality type is not a limit
Just because you prefer quieter scenarios and think better when you’re on your own doesn’t mean that you can’t do well in other situations.
In fact a lot of traits commonly found in introverts can become invaluable to running a business. Introverts commonly spend longer thinking things through, preparing and analysing which could help you make better decisions.
Schedule time to recharge
As the modern office and business world are usually not tailored for introverts to work at their best, it’s important to grab time where you can to recharge. So schedule times just for you where you can sit and think in quiet. Whether this is at home or at the office, choose something that works for you.
Sometimes there are things in business that are better handled by extroverts. This can involve things like sales pitches or hosting events. Make use of the extroverts you have hired and let them do their thing.
Companies work best with a wide range of different people, mind-sets and skill sets because there’s always someone thinking up something new.
Encourage your introverts
Every company hires introverts. Unfortunately, a lot of people feel the need to hide their introversion because they think they come across as shy or unfriendly. As an introverted leader, you’ll have more sympathy and understanding.
So take the time to ask your fellow introverts what would help them work at their best. Whether it’s a rethink on office layout or introducing flexible working, being more aware of your employees’ needs will help you get the best out of them.
Are you an introverted entrepreneur? Do you think this has a positive or negative on the way you do business? Let us know what you think.
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