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The Astonishing Truth About Introverts & Extroverts (& Why You Should Care!)

April 4, 2012

Introvert or extrovert…who cares?

Introverts become Presidents, CEOs, nurses, IT professionals and teachers. And, so do extroverts. So…what’s the big deal? What does this have to do with anything?

As a Career Coach and Personal Brand Strategist, I care a great deal! I am very concerned about whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert, and, more importantly, what you do with that information. You should be as well!

Knowing what you are has everything to do with paving your road to happiness and success. I am passionate about your knowing which you are and how to use that knowledge.

Living with two gifted introverts, a child and spouse, inspired me to launch Introvert vs. Extrovert: Business Strategies to Success, which is one of the most popularly requested workshops that I offer to groups and radio talk show hosts. Due to increased demand and escalating interest in the issue, the title became The Astonishing Truths About Introverts & Extroverts (& Why You Should Care!).

My firm belief is that your power lies in your boldness or your reservedness. Introverts and extroverts may disclose having shared values such as “being recognized” or “respected” at their jobs, but what sets them apart is how they each go about getting that recognition or respect.

Today, corporate America likes to say that it encourages inspiration and creativity, which is a pathway to innovation, yet how can managers accomplish this without everyone understanding each other’s strengths and then continuing to build upon them?

For example, when competing for a promotion the introverted employee may present himself/herself as being humble, and not wanting to take credit for a project that involves teamwork. Often that individual is overlooked for a promotion. On the other hand, the extroverted employee may come on too strong, smug, overly confident and assume that she or he has it “in the bag.”

An extroverted Marketing Director shared that after six months on the new job her boss called her into his office. Her boss said, “You are doing a great job! The team has given me some feedback and my suggestion is to dial it back a bit!”

There seems to be growing interest in the introvert as indicated by current writings and research.

A recent Time magazine cover showed a little boy in the corner of a room. The headline was “The Power of (shyness).” In the inside feature article, “The Upside of Being an Introvert (And Why Extroverts are Overrated),” author Bryan Walsh, discusses various aspects of introversion as well as current research that he cleverly weaves into his narrative.

Additionally, in her new bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain says that “by 1920 popular self-help guides had changed their focus from inner values to outer charm …” Words were used such as: “citizenship, duty, work, golden deeds, honor, reputation, morals and integrity.” In later decades, the emphasis switched to descriptions such as: “magnetic, fascinating, stunning, attractive, dominant, forceful and energetic.”

Getting back to my original premise about the importance of knowing whether you are an introvert or extrovert, will help you clarify choices that you make daily as well as those far into the future to help you be what you want to be when you grow up.

Harnessing your powers will help enable you to build upon your strengths and find out what gives you supreme satisfaction and joy. Good luck! Cheers!

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