For most of my life and especially during my corporate career I remember bouncing back and forth between feeling more like an introvert than an extrovert. I wanted to define myself as one of these for some reason. A reason I have come to learn makes no sense what so ever. I felt that if I had sales slumps it was due to my lack of being extroverted. I never considered that extroverts had sales slumps too!
Here's what I think
I personally thought that extroverts have more fun, that extroverts get the upper hand, they get the leader jobs. They are the socially capable ones with loads of BFF's. I felt that being an introvert was a weakness, that my shyness was a symptom and having a harder time excelling in the workplace or getting friends were the result of being an introvert.
In today's workplace there is still a general consensus that this is true. There has been no real education put towards defining what these two personality qualities actually equate to. What massive possibilities exist once we remove the judgement and labels and unfold the truth.
Here's what I know
Introverts make powerful leaders, create solid relationships, design unprecedented businesses, products and services. Shyness is curable if one so decides they no longer want to be shy.
Extroverts make powerful leaders, create solid relationships, design unprecedented businesses, products and services. Get my point?
Each of these personality qualities exists in every one of us. Once we learn that we can pull forth our qualities as we choose and that we have preferences, It then gives us the personal freedom to move through life with such authentic force and passion that it no longer matters if we are an introvert or extrovert.
What You Need To Do Now
If you are not already aware of your extroverted and introverted tendencies and how they show up, it's time to gain that control in your life. Knowing yourself today is part of growing into the person you are designing to be tomorrow. Whether it be a better mom, dad, partner, sales person, leader or any other title you've garnered for yourself.
Get clear on who you are today! And don't get attached to being just one way or the other. No one is 100% extrovert or 100% introvert.
A Business Relationship Trainer, Virtual Team Coach & Facilitator who loves all things related to business strategy, growth and innovation through the power of people in relationship.