“You are very shy”
“Why do you hesitate while talking to people?”
“Being an introvert will harm you in the long run professionally and personally”
Above are some comments that introverts encounter on a daily basis. So, the question which remains always unanswered is that “Is it really bad to be an introvert? Before dwelling into the answer to this question, let us first try to understand the actual definition of an introvert.
Introverts VS Extroverts
It is a preconceived notion that introverts are shy and they hesitate while talking to people. However, the reality is completely different in the actual sense. Introverts must not at all be perceived as shy because they don’t feel any sort of hesitation while talking to people. Moreover, they are completely comfortable while talking to people without any hesitation whatsoever. Yet introverts always prefer to be alone. The reason for this contradictory preference is that they derive their energy from solitude or when they are in a calm environment. On the contrary, extroverts feel more energized when they are surrounded by people.
Introverts are Good Listeners
The art of effective listening is seeded naturally in an Introvert. Moreover, because of this unique skill, people feel at ease when they are talking to introverts. The reason for this comfort or ease is that the need to be listened is one of the most craved needs of human beings. As introverts don’t like to shower their opinion first and they prefer to listen first to analyse the situation or the person, people feel comfortable while talking to them. Moreover, introverts don’t want to engage with anyone just for the sake of conversation as they are more into deep and meaningful conversations.
Thoughtfulness VS Overthinking
Many people believe that “Introverts overthink a lot”. However, this statement is far away from the truth. Overthinking is a problem that can be experienced by any individual, be it introvert or an extrovert. Still, people relate it mostly with introversion. This is due to the fact that introverts take time to react in any situation because they are busy being listening and analysing the situation which increases their thoughtfulness which is ultimately a positive trait that one should have as an individual.
Introverts are Good Leaders
Introverts are proved to be excellent at professional work which requires deep thinking, analytical skills and thoughtfulness. Moreover, history is evident that introverts can be very successful leaders as well. Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Barack Obama are some great examples of introverts doing wonders when it comes to leadership.
As a leader, introverts listen to every member of the team which allows every team member to bring out their own creativity in a more effective way. In addition to that, introvert’s ability to listen and understand everyone naturally makes them a very compassionate leader.
Who is better?
Introverts or Extroverts
It can be concluded that there is no harm in being an introvert professionally or personally. Moreover, there is also no harm in being an extrovert as well. Introverts and Extroverts are like pieces of a puzzle and we need both of them to give a complete picture to our society.
We at KOAK Education, in one of our sessions of Kwik Chat with KOAK discussed several myths that people have with respect to introversion and introverts.
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