Why Introverts Make Good Leaders

This blog post was previously published in Crowd Magazine Volume 13. Download the magazine or buy a physical copy in the C-store in your Crowd1 Back Office.

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Introverts can often be judged, and labeled as snobbish, unfriendly or antisocial for being quiet and not interacting enough.

Introversion is actually only one side of a personality spectrum; extroversion is the polar opposite. While some people are more introverted than others, most people fall somewhere in the middle. Though they may be harder to identify, introverts makeup approximately one third to half of the population, or one out of every two or three people. There are several advantages of being an introvert in the workplace, regardless of your position. It is not a weakness, rather a strength.

Keep reading to find out five reasons why you need an introvert in your team.

What does it mean to be an introvert?

To explain the inner core of an introvert, we have to go down to a molecular level. Dopamine is a chemical, a neurotransmitter, produced in the human body. Simply put, dopamine helps us feel good. It's an essential part of our ability to think and plan as humans. It encourages us to work hard, concentrate, and seek out new experiences.

In business, dopamine may motivate people to seek pleasure in things such as earning more money, making new friends, or being chosen for an important project at work. Introverts and extroverts alike become more chatty, aware of their surroundings, and eager to take risks when dopamine fills the brain.

The way introverts and extroverts respond to dopamine is one of the most significant differences in their brains.It's not that introverts have less dopamine than extroverts, they both have the same amount of it in their bodies. Introverted brains are just far more sensitive to the neurotransmitter, and when overstimulated, they get exhausted. Extroverts, who aren't as sensitive to dopamine need a lot of stimulus to feel energized.

1. They value meaningful conversation

Small talk exhausts introverts quickly. They desire deeper, more in-depth discussions. This also explains why they value being good listeners in a conversation. Introverted coworkers and leaders are polite, and interested in your personal life and who you are outside of the workplace. They will never overstep any boundaries, but they will want to know what's going on in your life. Introverts care about and want to hear your honest opinion on matters, this goes for both casual conversation in an elevator as well as in a business setting or an important meeting.

Introverted leaders are fantastic at taking a step back and truly getting to know their staff and their company. They are empathetic and make an attempt to understand their workers' needs and wants. It's a misconception that introverts are less successful leaders than their outgoing counterparts. No matter which side of the personality spectrum you land on, use your personality strengths to manage your business.

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