That is my 16Personalities’ type. It means I am loyal to my values, idealistic, adaptable and curious. But it also means I am an introvert, and someone reading this can probably relate to that. I don’t believe that one characteristic can define a person, but it definitely can play into their personality, just like being reserved has played a part of mine.
I’m usually the last one to speak up during group conversations, I try to avoid being involved with conflict, and I usually need some time to myself so I don’t become overwhelmed. I don’t mean to avoid people. Actually, I love being in social settings and creating relationships, especially at work.
Being an introvert at work can sometimes be difficult though. With networking and small talk, many introverts feel like they need to be extroverted to be successful in their career. You worry that if you don’t speak up, you’ll be overlooked and won’t get that job or the promotion. Although, that’s not always true. There are many positive characteristics about being an introvert that can help you thrive at work and benefit the workplace, too:
- Quiet and thoughtfulness.
Introverts typically have the mindset to think then speak. This provides them time to be thoughtful and problem solve internally. During meetings, they take the time to process different viewpoints and come up with their own thoughtful insight to add. (But make sure to speak up when you have something to say. Your comment can add a different perspective or help bring your team closer to coming up with a solution.)
- Build meaningful relationships.
Small talk and networking might seem difficult at first, but it can lead to a meaningful relationship. Instead of trying to befriend everyone, make a few worthwhile relationships. This gives you the chance to share your passion or current projects and makes you more comfortable at work, knowing that someone understands you.
- Write, don’t speak.
While speaking out might not be a strength, writing definitely could be. Use that as an outlet to show your personality and knowledge. You can write blogs for your company about your expertise or take to social media to express yourself better and show your charm.
- Stay calm.
Remaining calm is another strength many introverts have. The ability to remain calm in a busy work environment is important. It allows you to be productive in fast-paced industries and remain level-headed when stress arises.
- Believing is power.
Rather than feeling like your introverted qualities are standing in your way, find other ways to turn them into strengths. It is possible to be reserved and confident. It all starts with believing in yourself and others will catch on. If you believe that you can thrive in the workplace, so will others.
There are plenty of positive qualities that come along with being introverted. Let those shine through. All it takes is a positive mindset. Remember there is so much more to you than being introverted. Find a way to use your characteristics and turn them into strengths. By knowing how your strengths contribute to the workplace in authentic ways, you can do your best work and make a striking impression.
Until next time,
P.S. If you haven’t taken a personality test before, I recommend taking one. We take 16Personalities at Sundog and it can help you understand who you, why you do what you do, and what kind of work you excel at. Try this one for kicks: https://www.16personalities.com/