We often think of influencers as big personalities, extroverts who love lead the charge from the front. However, if you are an introvert, that can seem a task that is stressful at best and downright impossible at worst. But if this is your sole definition of an influencer, you’ll be relieved to learn that you may be wrong!
Influence is not about getting people to see or do things our way. Rather it’s about learning from others and negotiating a shared solution. So don’t try to act like the extrovert when you know you are not, and just be yourself and let your natural quiet strengths shine through. You are more influential than you think.
Here’s what we know about the influential introvert:
You are great thinkers – Because you are analytical and can see things at a deeper level and consider things carefully before you speak, people are likely to respect your opinions more and give more weight to what you say.
You are a great listener – So you can excel at serious, purpose-driven, one-on-one or small group interactions. This is vital for problem solving, working through conflicts and winning people over. Another point for you!
You are more self-aware – This gives you the ability to do the right thing at the right time because you’ve already given yourself the space to clarify mind clutter and come up with the creative ideas. You probably find that people seek you out to make sense of things. How’s that for an influencer?