A guide to the strengths and weaknesses of the introverted personality and methods for building on the strengths to achieve new levels of success at work.
Today’s go-go business world favors extroverts. Don’t believe it? Just ask an introvert, says workplace expert Jennifer Kahnweiler, author of The Introverted Leader.
Did you know that, though introverts may be less noisy at work, by all accounts they outnumber extroverts? Even many high-powered executives—a full 40 percent like Microsoft’s Bill Gates, top Avon CEO Andrea Jung, uber-investor Warren Buffet and even President Barack Obama describe themselves as introverts
You will hear about how Introverts confront several challenges in the workplace. With their low-key personalities, they regularly undersell themselves, let their ideas go unheard, and avoid “playing the game.” They also suffer from people exhaustion and, due to difficulty saying no or asking for help, can feel overwhelmed by projects and deadlines.
Additionally, more than 80% of introverts indicate they struggle with networking—a major liability in career-making areas such as relationship building and job hunting.
The good news? Introversion can be managed, declares Kahnweiler. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy but with time and practice, introverts can learn to build on their quiet strength and succeed. Managers and team members can learn to better “get” introverts and improve their collective results.