I've always considered myself an introvert. My job has required me to speak, lead, facilitate meetings, and communicate constantly. However, I still prefer working in small groups and one on one, like many introverts.
It took me a while to realize there are strengths in being an introvert. If you are an introvert always admiring the extroverts, take some time to recognize your strengths.
Introverts may be better at understanding others. Introverts are more observant. A study from Yale found that introverts may be better at understanding people and connecting with them. They are careful, reflective thinkers and this can make them good at relationships.
Deep thinkers and problem solvers. When an introvert tackles a problem, they often spend a great deal of time in thought, looking at multiple scenarios and points of view. Be careful, this can lead to overthinking. However, when an introvert solves a problem, you can rest assured they usually weren't hasty about it.
Strong listening and communication skills. Introverts tend to spend a lot of time observing and listening. This gives them an advantage of thoroughly understanding a situation or problem.
They also tend to be thoughtful in their written and verbal communication.
Can make good leaders. Not all introverts want to be leaders but if they do, they often possess the skills to help them succeed in that role. Their ability to listen, problem-solve, communicate, and remain calm work to their advantage in leadership roles.
Scientists say that most of us fall on a spectrum somewhere between introvert and extrovert.
Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, realize you have strengths in who you are. We need both introverts and extroverts to make the world go round.