People who know me will always laugh when I declare that I’m an introvert. I clearly remember that in college, when I stood up to say something about myself and declared, “I’m shy.”, everyone in my class laughed out loud as if I said the funniest thing. People I work with always say,”No, you’re not!”, with so much conviction that if I did not know this with certainty, I would have doubted it myself.
My MBTI showed my profile to be INFJ – Introverted Intuition with Extraverted Feeling. I’m certainly not an extrovert. My extrovert behavior is purely learned, adaptive, and developed through time as a survival mechanism. I’m proud to have learned how to adapt socially; however, I felt the extra energy I had to bring out to get me through the day when I was working as an HR Professional. I just went home totally depleted everyday.
Needless to say how relieved I was when I read this article.
I find the following article as very encouraging to other introverts who are either aspiring to be future leaders or currently in leadership roles.
Written and posted by Gina Cajucom CHRP PHR BSc as a way to share her thoughts and ideas hoping that they inspire and make a difference in at least one other person’s work-life. C’est la vie!