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You’ll find many introverts working in IT. However, being introverted doesn’t prevent someone from being able to work hands-on with other members of their team. Those who cannot do so are simply solo players. Introversion has nothing to do with it.

Having team players in your team or company is crucial. Collaboration helps to create much more than the sum of its parts. In one of his books, Napoleon Hill explained it quite clearly: “No mind is complete by itself. It needs contact and association with other minds to grow and expand.”

In other words, let’s say you’re working with four other team members. Each individual has their own brain, right? So, you could be tempted to say that five brains are working together, but in fact, there are six. How? There’s each individual brain, plus the group’s collective brain. The collective brain is created when a group of great minds works together. Let me show you how this works.

You might remember a situation where you were working on something alone, and eventually, you got help from your team and a solution was developed in no time. You might answer, “Yes, but the other team member knew the answer.”

Ok, fine. Let me give you another example. What about that feeling you have when you brainstorm with a team? That creativity? That inspiration? That’s coming from the collective brain, which would never happen if you’d kept working on your own.

So, in conclusion, by having non-team players in your team or company, you are depriving your team of an expanded collective brain, which is terrible for company morale. Once you realize this is happening, you should take action to fix it ASAP.