Much of contemporary workplace culture focuses on the extravert, where the contributions of the limelight avoiders can easily go unnoticed. Yet it is these ‘invisibles’ who make substantive contributions. They just eschew standing on boardroom tables promoting their amazingness. This near ubiquitous focus on dynamic, outgoing, and sociable people can be a huge loss for your company.
The Invisibles: Unsung Workplace Heros
There are many people whose reward is the work itself. No marching bands or fanfare is required for them. They tend to have a strong sense of responsibility and have a meticulous attention to detail. They are the people who often do not get noticed simply because their work is so well done, there are no problems with it. Let that sink in for a moment.
These are the folks that you, as a leader, need to also pay attention to and create space for. Make a point to stop and listen to them. Your business’s success relies on it.
The Value of Those Who Work Behind the Scenes
- Many introverts can be master collaborators. They don’t enlist other’s support via slick sales or pressure tactics. Often very good listeners, they are capable at bringing people onside through creative and strategic win-win solutions.
- Invisibles tend to be deep thinkers who can excel in written communication. While preferring not to speak in front of others, their analysis can best be captured via one-on-one meetings or follow-up reports & summaries.
- Many of the camera shy are highly reflective. Every project needs sober second thought and these are the people for that.
- Invisibles are keen observers and focus on detail. They often see things others can’t. They think differently. This allows them to see issues from different angles and pick up different nuances and dynamics.
- Invisibles are dedicated and loyal. Their low key approach allows them to avoid office politics which helps them keep their focus on the job that needs doing. Again and again.
Obviously there are many more things that introverts bring to your team or organization, but, let’s hear from you! What other advantages do the ‘spotlight avoiding’ bring to the workplace?