Educationists always have an issue working with an introvert. I am not sure if this has been acknowledged as a fact, but the feedback received from some educationists or employers (when the introverts begin to work in their later years) is that we might never know.
Introverts are enigmatic individuals and few ever get to know them.
This may be the verdict given by some educationists as well as employers when they are asked to submit the year-end appraisals for their introverted subordinates. Personally, I even know of a case where a supervisor wrote this on an introverted employee’s appraisal form:
“MR X does not have the ability to communicate well with his colleagues.”
This statement is both unfair and unjustified. As I know this colleague in person, I can attest to the fact that he is not only competent but communicates well with people too. How do I know this? Because this individual works in a consulting profession and deals with people from all walks of life in frontline customer service.
The fact that his supervisor didn’t put in the time to communicate with him does not imply that he is not a good communicator. In fact, he has even received commendations from quite a number of his clients. The fact that one of his clients took the effort to pen a letter of compliment for my friend indicates how much sincerity he has put in in the process of helping her. Reciprocating his gestures is simply a matter of human nature.
So, it is important for us not to stereotype introverts. Instead, put in more effort to communicate with them as introverts needs more time to open up. Do not give up on them. If they are students, encourage them to contribute their points of views but do not be pushy. If they are working professionals, encourage their colleagues and team mates to be patient with them. While some employers may feel that this is a waste of time and resources, you will be surprised how much these introverts are able to contribute once the psychological barriers are gone.
The society favours extroverts. While extroverts have their strengths, introverts do not pale in comparison. We only need to encourage them to reach their full potential.