Growing up I was always the quiet student, the quiet sibling, and now I am one of the quietest members at my startup. At the office, some may think it’s simply because I am the intern and don’t know my team members well, while others may think it is because I am shy. But the reality is, I have an introverted personality.
For the longest time I believed that startups sought to hire people with big personalities. After all, loud people get noticed. Being “passionate” has become a requirement on startup job descriptions. While I am passionate, I may not be as vocal as my extroverted counterparts. This is why I was pleasantly surprised when I (an introvert) was hired by a startup.
My belief was, at first, validated when I realized that most of my co-workers were extroverts. But, even though I am an introvert in a sea of people opposite me, I still thrive. Not only is my boss happy with the work I do, I too am content. I now believe that introverts belong at startups just as much as extroverts do. In a world where startups are competing for funds, visibility, and capturing audiences, someone loud and talkative may seem like the ideal candidate. However, introverts should not be overlooked. Here are a three introvert strengths that make them true assets to startup teams: