11 Reasons Why You Should Hire Introverts
- Introverts think before they talk. Extraverts talk before they think. In most business communications “Ready, Aim, Shoot” works better than “Ready, Shoot, Aim.”
- Introverts are quieter. One or two loud-mouthed extroverts can turn an open-plan office into a productivity toilet. Introverts tend to naturally keep their voices down.
- Introverts are more innovative. While some famous innovators were extraverts (e.g. Steve Jobs), most are introverts (e.g. Gates, Page, Einstein, Newton, Tesla, etc.)
- Introverts are better at selling. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the best salespeople are good listeners–the direct opposite of the fast-talking extrovert.
- Introverts are less political. Most politicians are extraverts. While that’s may be appropriate in government, “office politics” is mostly a waste of time and energy.
- Introverts make better team-members. Introverts generally don’t mind sharing credit. Extraverts are far more likely to “find a parade and get out in front of it.”
- Introverts seldom grandstand. Drama kings and queens are almost always extraverts. Introverts cringe at the very idea of throwing a hissy-fit in public.
- Introverts can “buckle down” better. Extraverts would rather chit-chat than put their proverbial noses to the grindstone. Introverts prefer to focus on the task at hand.
- Introverts avoid long meetings. Meetings are productivity sink-holes. Introverts want to get them over quickly; extraverts want to “keep the conversation going.”
- Introverts adapt better to online work. Extraverts get antsy (and go AWOL) when most of the interaction takes place on a screen. Introverts prefer to work online.
- Introverts are more productive. Introverts would rather work than gab. Extraverts would rather gab than work. It’s really that simple.
Originally published in Inc.