The rise of the introvert — or is it?

  • Introverts have an inner resilience that fuels the ability to cope with this new world of working from home.
  • However, do not overlook an introvert’s need for connection and deep conversation.
  • This article outlines three suggestions for leaders to support the connection needs of the introverts in their team.

Introversion and extroversion are at the heart of human nature. The Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung said, ‘There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in a lunatic asylum’. There is, however, a general agreement that many of us fall somewhere along the introvert: extrovert spectrum with those falling smack bang in the middle described as ‘ambiverts’.

The best way to self-diagnose is to consider where you felt the most energised pre-COVID-19. Did you find yourself more energised amongst groups of people, enjoying the interaction and loving the noise of multiple conversations? Or did you prefer time alone to re-energise, enjoying the silence and space to be alone with your thoughts, reading a book, writing or taking a walk? If your preference is the latter, you tend to err on the side of introversion.

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