This lady? Future leader.
Introverts are known to be very good listeners. Unlike extroverts, who like to talk about everything, introverts prefer to observe and speak only when they have something constructive to add to the conversation.
There is a common belief that extroverts rule the world. Extroverts, typically, make better leaders and are more popular. And while there is nothing wrong with being assertive and confident, who says that introverts can’t be in the spotlight?
Far from being shy and retiring wallflowers, introverts can be just as successful, (Bill Gates, J.K. Rowling), proving that you don’t have to be the loudest, abrasive, or most domineering to stand out from the crowd!
Here are five things that extroverts can learn from introverts:
1. Spending time alone for self-growth
Extroverts tend to enjoy the company of a lot of people and being the center of attention. Often, they are not comfortable being alone for long periods, as they bore easily. But it’s important to learn how to enjoy being alone for self-development. It gives you space to self-reflect and to focus on any life goals and how you wish to achieve them. Many people associate being an introvert with being antisocial or lonely, but that’s far from the case. They are usually deep thinkers who look within for greater inspiration. They also like to spend time alone reading or exploring new things to expand their knowledge and ideas about the world.
2. Appreciate the value of working independently
Because introverts enjoy being alone, they tend to excel at tasks that involve working in solitude and independence. Many artists, writers, or inventors are introverted, as this requires more focus, motivation, and discipline. Unlike extroverts, who prefer to take control in a team or delegating, introverts are able to use more initiative in the workplace and described as ‘self-starters.’ They also pay more attention to detail and they are less likely to get distracted by minor things.
3. Effective listening skills
Introverts are known to be very good listeners. Unlike extroverts, who like to talk about everything, introverts prefer to observe and speak only when they have something constructive to add to the conversation. It’s this skill that research has shown can make introverts better leaders than extroverts. However, in the case of an extroverted team, an introverted leader is more likely to listen to and process their ideas effectively. In relationships, you also tend to find an extrovert and introvert together to balance the union (in theory anyway!).
4. Don’t get sidetracked easily
When introverts are busy and put their minds to something, they prefer to get on with it with no interruptions — even if that means letting their phone calls go straight to voicemail or turning down the offer to go out for a cocktail or two with the girls! Once they stop and get distracted it can break their flow of energy and train of thought. Extroverts, on the other hand, would be more tempted to put the task aside just for a little ‘break’ or for something more exciting! They also like playing with risk and are more likely to ‘burn the candle at both ends.’
5. Maintain close relationships/connections
Introverts tend to shun large social occasions, while extroverts shine in these settings. But, as they prefer small gatherings or intimate occasions, they can easily develop deeper and meaningful friendships with a close-knit circle. So rather then going to the clubs or large group events frequently, introverts would prefer a small-scale dinner party or arrange more one-on-one hook-ups. These smaller gatherings can allow for longer, more intimate conversations, rather than just making an appearance in a crowd!