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The Power of Introversion: Debunking Myths and Describing Leaders

Did you know that one-third to one-half of the world’s population is made up of introverts?


For many years, our culture has stigmatized introversion, and structured our education systems and work environments in a way that puts introverts in a negative light. However, most people don’t realize that being an introvert in a very extraverted world can be an asset.


Debunking Introversion: What does it really mean? 


A common misconception people have is that introversion is equivalent to being shy. In actuality, introversion has to do with the nature of how a person processes information and how they prefer to interact with a group of people.


It's how you respond to stimulation . . . [and] introverts prefer lower-stimulation environments . . . [P]eople often equate introversion with being antisocial and it's not that at all—it's just a preference.

- Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking


Someone who has an introversion temperament means that they process the world and the people around them slower, but with much more depth.


This is the reason why introverted people prefer more alone time or appear to be more hesitant before speaking up. Having high-stimulation environments (i.e. large crowds of people) for an introvert can, at times, be overwhelming and draining. 


However, an introvert's ability to process details and be in-touch with their personal needs serve as valuable traits as leaders, changemakers, and friends. Self-awareness and having the ability to connect with people are vitally important for any leader in any sector.


The Power of Introversion


Contrary to popular belief, introversion is not at all a weakness, but a strength. Here are some fascinating ways why being an introvert is awesome!


Strategic Contributors


By nature, introverts are very careful when articulating their ideas. Although introverts may take longer, their words serve as extremely impactful and can truly create direction within a group of people. Introverts are also observant and excellent at reading cues—such as body language—allowing them to be people who are able to deliver constructive criticism that is considerate and respectful to the person on the receiving end.


Excellent at Active Listening


Instead of frequently jumping into conversations, introverted people will aim to listen and build upon previous contributions in discussions.


Build meaningful relationships and social interactions


Introverts are often portrayed as notoriously antisocial people. But contrary to the stereotypes, introverts only appear to be selective in friendships because they put more meaning and effort into pursuing these social interactions. Introverted people feel more energized and comfortable with meaningful conversations versus superficial small talk. How might this work as an asset in the business world or in leadership positions? In these cases, creating connections and building long-term partnerships with people are done out of authenticity and meaning. This makes introverted people a perfect fit for such powerful roles!


Creative


Introverts are amazing at staying immune to conformity because of how in-touch they are with their personal values and boundaries. Due to this ability and nature of being very thoughtful, introverts are strong in generating creative and innovative ideas. In the wise words of Albert Einstein, “The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”


Being an introvert is often mistaken as a weakness. This is certainly not the case, as being an introvert brings many strengths—the ability to empathize with others, give meaningful contributions, show creativity, and much more. As a message to all the introverts out there, never stop discovering your strengths and sharing them with the world as powerful leaders and introverts!


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Article Author: Katrina Artes

Article Editor: Victoria Huang