Quiet. That is the first word that usually comes to mind when people think about introverts. But it is misleading and often false.
Some of the loudest and most social people I know are also introverts. They are not quiet, though sometimes they may need time to feel comfortable before they fully dive into a group setting.
Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, it is not about being social or quiet. It is all about energy and how you recharge once it is depleted.
Introverts recharge alone. Extroverts recharge with other people. Ambiverts have characteristics and the needs of both introverts and extroverts.
So after a networking event, introverts may feel zapped and want to head home. Extroverts may want to head out for coffee to talk about the event.
As you develop your own self-awareness and your leadership style, it’s important to know which definition fits YOU. You’ll be able to better manage your expectations and implement techniques to help you communicate your needs.