I have had people ask me if I was OK, if everything was alright, if I was upset with them, and so on. Others have thought, because I don't jump into conversations forcefully or frequently, that I am not always with the program.
Other times I have been viewed as uncaring, distant, too serious, angry, pensive, detached, aloof, fussy, inflexible, picky, pessimistic, hesitant, inflexible...to name just a few of the words I can find to describe how my introvert nature has been interpreted.
Yet from my perspective, I am just listening at a deep level, being thorough, diplomatic, precise, "anchor of reality", and working towards making good decisions, so everyone benefits.
I can't help but wonder, in our business culture, to what degree extroverts and type A personalities are more highly valued and as a result, we introverts are overlooked and misunderstood, especially when it comes to moving up to leadership positions.
If you're in an introvert, have you faced similar challenges? If so, what have been your challenges and how have you dealt with them?