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Why Introverts Are Able To Perform Better In Business
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Business has a habit of assigning privilege to "extrovert" traits, like being assertive, talkative and highly social. And that's not right.

In fact, the misconception persists that extroverts make better leaders than introverts, and this plays out in hiring decisions. For example, there are many more extroverted CEOs than introverted ones.
In spite of this bias, which affects hiring and promotions, research suggests that introverts actually possess a number of qualities that can rocket them to the top of their fields. Just ask introverted icons such as Angie Hicks (the founder of Angie’s List), Bill Gates, Candice Bergen, George Stephanopoulos, Marissa Mayer, Steve Wozniak, Warren Buffet and President Barack Obama.
Also look to a study that found that companies led by introverted CEOs tend to perform better than companies headed by extroverts. The conclusion here must be that the belief that “Extroverts are top performers; introverts are not” simply doesn’t add up.
Introversion isn’t defined by the failure to be extroverted. It’s characterized by the possession of certain traits that can come in handy in any industry. Here’s how thinking like an introvert can help you get ahead in business.
Be prepared.

Introverts tend to be more inclined toward in-depth research, reflection and deep thinking than their extroverted counterparts. This tends to translate into greater preparation, for everything from staff meetings and business presentations to client meetings.
Maintaining the habit of being prepared for every work-related function you attend will ensure you’re able to provide a detailed and thoughtful perspective. This means you'll always put your best foot forward in front of managers and clients. And that's important for your professional reputation.
Be a team player.

This might seem counterintuitive: After all, it's logical to conclude that socially-oriented extroverts make the best team players. In actuality, research has found that introverts perform better in team environments because they tend to be more collaborative than their extroverted peers.
Collaboration, in turn, can boost innovative thinking and problem-solving. When you’re a positive and active part of a team (especially one responsible for generating innovative ideas), you’re going to attract attention from higher-ups.
Work independently.

There’s a reason so many resumes say something along the lines of “works well independently, and in groups.” It’s because employers value team members who can perform well on the job in a variety of settings and scenarios.
Because they value periods of quiet and solitude, introverts tend to be comfortable working and thinking independently. Not only does this quality appeal to employers, it can also provide an individual the opportunity to develop a fresh perspective. (Bill Gates credits many of his own ideas to his introversion and his subsequent propensity to spend a lot of time thinking deeply on his own.)

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