The Surprising Benefits of Being an Introvert
Have you ever met a person that seemed unfriendly, shy or antisocial? Maybe you’ve even gotten the impression that they are lonely. The person you have met is probably an introvert. There are a lot of misconceptions about introverts, but in many cases being an introvert can be an asset.
I consider myself an introvert. I enjoy spending time alone. It gives me time to gather recharge from the activities of the day, to gather my thoughts and get rid of any negative energy so I am able to focus on the positives.
Introverts take longer to process information than extroverts because an introvert takes extra time to understand ideas before moving on to new ones.
We are programmed to think we need to stand up and be heard in order to be successful, introverts can achieve more if they use their natural talents. It’s not about becoming a fake extrovert, it’s about being who you really are and acknowledging the valuable traits introverts bring.
Some of the benefits of being an introvert are:
Introverts are good listeners:
Introverts are naturally adept when it comes to actively listening. They are the ones friends or colleagues go to when you are upset. Introverts process information internally. This gives them the skill allowing them to hear, understand, and provide carefully considered insight.
Introverts think before they speak:
Because introverts feel less comfortable speaking than listening, they choose their words wisely only speaking when they have something to say.
Introverts are observant:
Introverts notice things others might not notice because they are talking and processing out loud. Introverts are more likely to notice body language and facial expressions making them better at interpersonal communication.
Introverts make quality friends:
Introverts are careful when they bring someone into their lives. They would rather have a few close friends instead of a large group of acquaintances. The ability to make quality friends causes introverts to be loyal, attentive, and committed friends.
Introverts are compassionate leaders:
Introverts can make the best leaders when they channel their natural strengths. Because introverts process information thoughtfully and slowly, they tend to learn more about their subordinates. They have focused conversations in order to learn the skills, passions and strengths of team members.
Next time you met someone who seems standoffish, antisocial, shy, or lonely, don’t be so quick to form a judgment. Remember the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Don’t judge people by what is on the surface. Get to know them, they may be more like you than you realize.