Introvert Entrepreneur. Is that even a thing? It may be less common to find an introvert at the helm of a company, commonly those in positions of power in business are extroverted by nature. They are the charismatic, outgoing and often boisterous characters that capture the attention of the masses and inspire confidence in the brand they represent.
That is not to say that Introverts have nothing to offer in the world of business. On the contrary. Some of the Introverts most powerful character traits make them superstars!
Common Super Powers of the Introvert
- They Pay Attention – To Everything
Think studious. Think idea generators. Think problem solver. Think laser focus attention to detail. They are not easily distracted by a passing squirrel. The will spend countless hours locked away educating themselves on a topic and spend just as much time problem solving. They get s**t done. They are Thinkers.
- The Business Needs To Shine – Not Themselves
The introvert CEO has no desire to have the spotlight on themselves. They do however work extra hard to bring attention to the product or business they are involved in. They thrive on idea formulation and have no problem handing over the reigns when it comes to presenting a concept. Smart introverts know to surround themselves with equally intelligent extroverts. Working together gives the impression of a solid business network and cooperative nature of a company.
- They Emulate Extroverts – Good Actors
This may seem a peculiar thing to say, but given the contemplative and level headed thinking nature of the introvert, they also have great understanding of how society wants to see our leaders in politics and business. They in some way find the inner strength to put on their social mask and become the belle of the ball when called upon. Former U.S President Barack Obama is said to be an introvert. He would be a perfect example of someone who knows how to pull himself out of his shell when called to and he did a convincing job of it.
Being an introvert is not a curse if you are a new business owner, entrepreneur or CEO. Many of the traits that introverts have are like super powers, waiting to be unleashed. Harness your tendency to “over think” and come up with better solutions for your business.
Take a cue from Elon Musk or Warren Buffet and work hard (you are a hard worker after all) at becoming a more social being. Both magnates have successfully proved that they can overcome their shyness and desire for solitude when needed and have acquired vast amounts of success and fortune despite what some would see as personality flaws.
Remember whether you are an extrovert or introvert should hold no bearing on how successful you are. What it boils down to is hard work, determination and the choices you make. It is up to you to understand how your personality can affect your life, for the good.