Sunday, January 12, 2014
I'm intrigued by the recent research on Introverts I read that shows their value to society is largely unappreciated because extroverts dominate our society -- not only in number, but in force (obviously). It's not a bad idea to stop and consider all that introverts have a lot to offer, including in positions of leadership. Introvert managers are more likely to let their employees go with their own ideas rather than force their own stamp on their employee's ideas (crap, I do this).
Introverts value solidtude, which is where creativity flows! In fact, by forcing everyone to work like extroverts (ie constant collaboration) we are also devaluing freedom, autonomy and privacy. Wouldn't it be better if we gave people space to work out their ideas and them come together as a team to build on them?
Another point I found interesting is how we got here. The culture arose from the decline of the agricultural industry. As people moved to cities and started working in offices, they were no longer working alongside people they knew in their small community. They were working with strangers and thus had to 'get noticed'. Being an extrovert is what got you ahead.
Thankfully we're starting to see the value of introversion -- of thoughtful decision-making and communication instead of impulsivity. I know that I'm an extrovert, but more and more I seek solitude. Sometimes I want to be along with my ideas. Bliss.