Introverts are, by and large, reflective folk.
We take time to make considered decisions, especially when it matters. And when the demands of our jobs and our lives deplete our energy, we need quiet ‘down time’ to recharge. Extroverts, who refresh their energy by being with others (the more the merrier), may find our need for quiet a bit odd, and have been known to tell us that there is something wrong with us. Well, there isn’t – we’re just different.
Up to half of the population is introverted. Neither introversion nor extroversion is abnormal, though in Western cultures, being extrovert is considered more desirable, and introverts are often encouraged to ‘be more outgoing’. While we do need to understand both temperaments, it’s worth noting that many Eastern cultures value thoughtful, gentle souls.
I dream of a world
in which introverts are appreciated and valued just as much as extroverts. For me that means raising awareness of what introversion really is (not shyness or social awkwardness), and helping introverts to thrive.
I work with professionals and leaders personally, in their organisations and professional associations, and when they’re transitioning to a new life stage such as retirement.
I also write and speak about the power of having quiet folk as well as extroverts in all walks of life. Find out more:
And if you have been knocked off balance
by workplace bullying, stress, overload, or anything else at work that has left you feeling diminished and disconnected, you’ll find inspiration and resources at
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