Guest post by Vinay Kumar. Posted with permission:
Speaking from personal experience, it seems we introverts are frequently misunderstood and overlooked. As an introvert, I live in my head a lot. I don’t smile much and I am quiet by nature. At meetings I sit back, listen to various views, and only then do I speak.
In the process, I have had people ask me if I was OK, if everything was alright, if I was upset, and so on. Others have thought, because I don’t jump into conversations forcefully or frequently, that I am not engaged, or I lack leadership qualities. Other times I have been viewed as uncaring, distant, too serious, angry, pensive, detached, aloof, fussy, inflexible, picky, pessimistic, hesitant, inflexible…to name just a few of the words I can find to describe how my introvert nature has been interpreted.
Yet from my perspective, I am listening at a deep level, being thorough, diplomatic, precise, “anchor of reality”, working towards making good decisions, so everyone benefits.
Therefore, I can’t help but wonder, in today’s 100-mph extroverted culture, to what degree introverts are overlooked and misunderstood?
I’d love your comments below!
Vinay Kumar is senior director with Marketing General, Alexandria, Virginia. He blogs at http://vinaykumarcoach.blogspot.com. Email: email@example.com