While being an introvert may seem like a disadvantage in the workplace, it is important to remember that the image of a mousy, quiet colleague is a stereotype. Personalities are diverse, and there are ways for introverts to use theirs to their advantage.
Listening skills. If you find speaking up in a group or a meeting uncomfortable, think of this as an opportunity to develop your listening skills. In meetings, take detailed notes and then offer the meeting leader your input in a quick one-on-one talk after the meeting. This gives you the chance to not only establish a closer rapport but also offer well-thought-out feedback without the pressure of everyone’s eyes on you.
Creating the “right moment.” Instead of passively waiting for your opportunity to chime in, create it. If you’re in a meeting, catch the meeting leader’s eye or raise your hand; if he or she gives you the go-ahead, seize your moment.
Focusing. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to work alone. If this is how you are most productive, others will respect that. After all, this is how you produce your best work.
There will always be projects that require teamwork. For these instances, ensure each team member is assigned a role and a set of responsibilities, so that you can take your piece and work on it. Just make sure you attend progress meetings and keep your teammates up to date on your work.
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