Bible Character: Titus
The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished… Titus 1:5
Crete was a small island, but a big problem. Paul trusted Titus because he knew he could bring peace there. We all need these types of people in our organizations.
Many times these “peacemakers” possess introvert personalities.
How would being an introvert help in peacemaking?
Ego is usually not a problem for the introvert. They seem to have a modest makeup, and this can be a huge advantage over the egotistical. Humbleness translates into the ability to see a situation with an openness that allows wise discernment, as opposed to letting their ego get in the way.
An introvert often has the personality that is suitable for working through problems that arise. They don’t seem to draw their energy from their environment, being more introspective, they attain strength from inside themselves. By not depending on their external environment for energy they are not as easily brought down by tough situations.
In a world where more and more people act or speak before they think, the introvert has an advantage here too. They seem to think first and speak second, as they try to process the situation. At times this can make an introvert appear timid, but most often, by thinking through a situation first the introvert can come to a wise solution.
Traditionally some have thought that introversion hurts a leader, but often it is the opposite.
I’m not certain Titus was an introvert, but he seemed to have some of these characteristics.
But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus. I Corinthians 5:20