You might not know their names but you know who they are. The quiet ones who sit alone. The ones who rarely speak up in a meeting. The people who want to be given a task and then left to complete it without interruption.
These are the introverts around you.
Here’s a tip. You want to learn their names.
Not only do you want to know their names, but you want to call on them to lead. Here’s why.
6 Reasons Why Introverts Should Lead
1. Introverts are constant observers.
Introverts notice small details around them. They can put the pieces together much faster than most because they see patterns in events.
Since introverts spend very little energy talking in groups of people, they are awesome at people watching. Introverts can pick up very quickly on facial expressions. Who is uncomfortable in the group? Who is trying to get attention? Who doesn’t want to be there?
Introverts also know more details about people (including you) than you think. They probably know the little things that make you happy or upset. They are constantly picking up on new information just by watching.
2. Introverts are a wealth of information.
Not only do introverts gather information by observing, but they are deeply interested in finding out what makes the world go ’round. Whatever tidbit peaks their interest can quickly become a research project.
Introverts want to dig up as much information as possible about a topic, so if there is ever a time when they are forced to talk about it, they sound intelligent. Since they tend to be uncomfortable conversing, research is a security blanket. Trust me.
Introverts know a lot of seemingly random information.
3. Introverts have high standards.
And it begins with them. Introverts know what kind of pitfalls to watch out for in any given situation. They’ve seen others fall into them. Introverts realize that it’s easier to put the work into doing a project right than to deal with the consequences of taking a shortcut.
Introverts will hold those around them to a higher standard as well. Especially if you are privileged to receive advice from an introvert. Introverts don’t give advice lightly. Their comments are based on years of observation. It’s not opinion to them. It’s fact. And if you don’t listen to their sage advice, then you are on your own.
4. Introverts are good listeners.
Introverts listen for the sake of gathering new information. They breathe information. If you listen long enough, you’ll gather most of the information you need. Questions (i.e. talking) become almost unnecessary.
Introverts are not opposed to new ideas. In fact, they welcome them. They will take the store of knowledge that they have and see how these new ideas fit in.
Introverts will gladly change their mind about something if a better idea is presented because they’ve already played out the scenario in their head before they speak.
5. Introverts are naturals at delegating.
They already know who would be best suited for the job or that piece of the project. They know who is trustworthy and organized. They know where the talents are.
Introverts don’t want to be in the lime light, so they’ll find someone else to do the talking. Introverts know that information is power. Not notoriety. They will gladly lead from the back and let someone else get the credit.
6. Introverts are organized.
At least when it comes to information. Introverts put every bit of information gathered into compartments in their brain. They know which bits are relevant to the present situation. They can take this information and put it on paper in an organized fashion that makes it easy for others to understand.
Introverts can see a situation from all sides. The people, energy, time, resources involved. They aren’t going to waste time with trial and error. If we know what we have to work with, let’s work with what we got.
Are introverts some sort of super human than never makes mistakes? In my dreams. But, no.
Introverts have as many cons as pros. They often underestimate themselves. Sometimes they can come across as stiff and uncaring. They’re not great at conveying ideas in a speech. They can be perfectionists. They can quickly back down if someone with a stronger personality decides to take over. They are non-confrontational.
Just remember, that the quietest person in your office, classroom, church, or organization has a lot to offer. Tap into it.
Are you an introvert? Do you know someone who is? What are some qualities of introversion you’ve noticed? Leave a comment.