Being an introvert on a team can be challenging. It can feel like being a lotus flower in murky waters. Full of insights within but struggling to rise above the surface.
The difference is even more amplified when I'm in a meeting full of extroverts. Everyone is blooming in conversation and loves thinking out loud. In contrast, I prefer to listen and need time to reveal my inner wisdom.
I decided to make an effort and speak up, hoping to give more space to my ideas. But as much as I tried, I struggled to find a moment of silence to get a word in.
Others just kept talking on and on.
My determination wilted.
Over time, my team members got to know me better. They realized that my silence wasn't a sign of disengagement or lack of interest but a reflection of my nature.
Plus, when I did find space to speak up, they were extra attentive to my contributions.
So, don't get discouraged if you're an introvert on a team. Rather than trying to change, embrace your natural strengths. The deep thinking and reflection the quiet ones are known for can be valuable.
The diversity of perspectives makes the team rise above the competition.
About Susan Rov
Susan traded cocktails and lattes for words that move. As a copywriter on a mission to end boring, she brightens brands and makes an impact. Number 463 on the list of fiction readers left standing, you'll find Susan at sunrise—running, writing, and wondering how to change the world next. That drive led her to become a founding team member of BRIL.LA.