3 Ways To Get Your Introverts Out of Their Shell

3 Ways To Get Your Introverts Out of Their Shell

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Hi there, and thanks for joining today. Hey, some of your best people are the nice quiet introverts in the corner. And a struggle in leadership is how do you develop those people? You see great potential, but they keep to themselves. So I wanted to go over today just a few quick tips to bring out the introverts in your staff a little bit more. The first thing to do, introverts it’s great to give them a chance to train people. It’s a one-on-one setting, it’s a new person, they have the knowledge the other person doesn’t. It’s a great way to introduce them to the new staff, it’s a great way to introduce them to the old staff if they have a specialty. But it gets them talking, gets them into the organization, and makes them feel and act as a resource. That’s a great way to get introverts out of their shell. The other thing, is to just partner them up on tasks. I’m a big fan of not giving tasks to single people, but give it to a pair of people and work on that teamwork. Again, you’re talking about a one-on-one environment, so you’re not asking them to stand up in front of the entire department. One-on-one they can work with somebody, get to know somebody, and as you mix it around with everybody, everybody gets to know everybody. The other thing is when an introvert really actually shows leadership potential. You may see that potential in them, but because they are so quiet, because they’re tucked away in the corner your boss may not even see it. And so you face resistance when you want to give that person more responsibility. The way to get ahead of that is to actually start talking them up to your boss well ahead of time. You should be talking your team up to your boss anyway, but especially with the introverted staff that do great things, but don’t “toot their own horn” as much, you need to go ahead and do that for them. The second thing to do is give them projects that you know are going to be facing your boss. If you want them to ascend in the organization, and for you to get the approval to move them up in the organization, cause usually your boss is involved in that decision, then you want to give them some exposure to your boss. So give them that report, that presentation, what have you, that they can work on that you know the boss is going to see so the boss can be familiar with their work. Introverts are a great resource, not everybody is gregarious and running around all of the time. Sometimes it’s the people that are thinking the most that are the best for the organization, and it’s your job as a leader to help them shine. Thanks.