“Introverts are awesome they just keep it to themselves.”
Quick – name an introvert that is a CEO of a major corporation. Did you say, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, or Warren Buffet? Maybe you said, Marissa Mayer? Any of them is a correct answer according to Forbes Magazine.
The article states an introverted CEO might be good for a company for three reasons:
- They hire good people, then leave them alone.
- They have a better work/life balance. When they have had enough, they go home.
- They understand and listen to their team members.
What about the value of introverts as employees in the corporate environment? Their greatest value is that they listen:
- During a meeting, they aren’t waiting for their turn to speak, they are listening to what others are saying. In this way, they gain an understanding of a topic or project.
- In small groups, the person speaking feels heard and understood. Listening shows good communication and interpersonal skills. Listening makes others feel understood, and that they matter, and that develops meaningful relationships with fellow employees and clients.
- After attending the same meeting with an introvert, a one-on-one with them may give you insights into the meeting you might have missed. Their take on a topic may be very different from yours.
Introverts are smart and you never know what they will create when left on their own. Google allows its engineers to spend 20% of their time to work on any project that they want. According to the website Genius Hour, it’s possible that up to 50% of Google’s projects come from this 20% time, including Gmail and Google news.
Susan Cain has started a quiet revolution. She is a self-described introvert, an author who was a corporate lawyer. Part of the quiet revolution aims at introverted children and their parents. The Quiet Leadership Institute integrates introverts into the workplace. Susan Cain has given a Ted Talk that you can watch here. If you wonder if you might be an introvert, take her quiz.
Not all introverts are Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, but many of them have a lot to offer in the corporate environment. Please contact us to learn more about our expertise in Executive Search for Commercial Leadership positions in Medical Device and Biotechnology; including Marketing, Strategy, Sales Leadership, Training, Development, etc. We will help you find the right employee for the job, whether they are an introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between!
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