Confidence is important in business, and something that many introverts perceive they don’t demonstrate. Being introverted is not about confidence, you can learn to have more confidence.

Here are number of relevant articles, which I hope you find interesting.

Introversion and self talk

Introversion and self talk

Do you talk to yourself like an enemy? This episode has a discussion with Tom Cleary where we discuss whether introverts are more susceptible to self talk.

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Introversion and self talk

Business psychology and introversion

This episode of Activate Your Introvert features a discussion with business psychologist Peter Milligan, where we talk about a range of leadership performance issues and fear.

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I am humbled to accept this reward – RUBBISH

I am humbled to accept this reward – RUBBISH

TLDR: There is a misuse of the term humble, often seen at award ceremonies. It’s often a desire to make oneself appear humble (a good trait, but saying you are humble probably proves you’re not), or it’s an unintended insult to the organisers of the award. Humility is a great leadership power, which many introverts possess without realising; where many others claim to have humility while demonstrating how their arrogance and oversized ego make them poor leaders.

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Self-doubt and introverts

Self-doubt and introverts

Self-doubt affects people’s performance; their manager and the individual can both take actions to improve this. All people suffer from self-doubt; there are reasons to suggest it may affect introverts more, although self-doubt is not a characteristic of introversion. Self-doubt is part of another one of “the big 5 characteristics” (OCEAN), neuroticism.

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You never have anything to say

You never have anything to say

It’s fairly common for managers to believe some of their team members have nothing to say, and blame it on them being quiet or introverted. Introversion doesn’t mean they have nothing to say, but it may require a change in the way team meetings are run. The real problem could be more deep seated, either in the person or how your meetings are run.

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