• How to Care for Introverts


    It’s been said that we live in an extroverted world.  Research has suggested that extroverts are paid more, are more popular and are more sought after in the world.  Of late more attention has been focused on the strengths of diversity, and in particular the unique strengths that introverts bring to our world.  Regarded as suspiciously secretive by extroverts and struggling to have their voices heard in a world where extroverts rule and talk,often incessantly, loudly and all at the same time, introverts have excellent ability to give depth to concepts, thoughts and ideas.

    It goes almost without saying that allowing an introvert to behave as in introvert is one way to get the best of what they offer.  Forcing them to be extroverted may only end up in a poor imitation of an extrovert.  Before you comment:  This is not always true and it’s not true for all introverts nor is it true for them all of the time in all situations.  There are plenty of examples of introverts performing extroverted functions spectacularly well.  As a general guide however, let introverts be introverts to access the strength of their introverted preferences (I’ve listed some strengths below the graphic).

    Here’s an infographic I put together outlining some ways in which you can look after the introverts in your world.

    Strengths of an Introvert @ Work:

    • Schedule oriented
    • Perfectionist, high standards
    • Detail conscious
    • Persistent and thorough
    • Orderly and organised
    • Neat and tidy
    • Economical
    • Sees the problems
    • Finds creative solutions
    • Needs to finish what he starts
    • Likes charts, graphs, figures, lists

    Introverted Emotions:

    • Deep and thoughtfully analytical
    • Serious and purposeful
    • Genius prone
    • Talented and creative
    • Artistic or musical
    • Sensitive to others
    • Self-sacrificing
    • Conscientious
    • Idealistic

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      Sean is an experienced coach, speaker and facilitator who is passionate about improving the relationship between people, their work and the organisations they work for. If you want to get the most out of your managers, supervisors and their teams and think that work can or should be a rewarding and enjoyable component of a productive and meaningful life it might be worth a chat.

    4 comments on “How to Care for Introverts

    1. Ryan Gerhardt on said:

      Sean, solid advice here. When my employers finally figured out how to best put my skills to use in a way that made both of us happy, I feel like my productivity really increased. I used to be forced to give weekly presentations to 2 dozen staff members….I dreaded coming to work those days. Now, I get to do something I enjoy, and leave the public speaking to someone who actually likes it.

      • Sean on said:

        Ryan you would not be the first, nor the last, person who dreads public speaking. Sounds like the situation has resolved for you for now but if avoidance of presentations etc gets in the way of your career rest assured that there are many introverts who are excellent presenters. Our personality is made up of preferences. We can train ourselves to operate outside those preferences if we choose. Sometimes a good habit to get into so we don’t over rely on our strengths/preferences. Thanks for commenting.

    2. Shane on said:

      I used to be one of those introverts who dreaded public speaking, but one of my friends recommended that I try Toastmasters. There are hundreds of clubs around Australia and while everyone experience might vary, I really was blown away by how much it helped me. I’m not exactly John F. Kennedy now, but I don’t shake and turn red when I have to give presentations anymore. Working in a group setting to overcome my fears and weaknesses when it comes to giving speeches and even talking to customers was awesome.

      • Sean on said:

        Toastmasters are an excellent organisation and have helped literally 1,000′s of people overcome their fear of public speaking. Incidentally, I’ve read that the fear of public speaking is one of our top fears, surpassing fear of illness, fear of flying, fear of terrorism, and often the fear of death itself.

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