In the US, where the population is almost evenly divided into extroverts and introverts, it’s to be expected that in any given workplace you’ll deal with both types of people. To be an effective leader, you need to be able to connect and communicate with both introverts and extroverts to maximize the potential of your team and operate at full capacity. Here’s a brief overview of what makes an introvert and an extrovert, and some tips for how to work with them.
Understand the difference. Extroverts draw energy from external stimuli, such as personal interaction, social gatherings, and shared ideas. Introverts, on the other hand, need alone time to reenergize and are better able to process information and think creatively in a private setting.
What it means in the workplace. Extroverts enjoy tasks involving teamwork, collaboration, or public speaking. Introverts prefer working by themselves and are more reserved in meetings and other social situations. While extroverts are often seen as go-getters, introverts may give the impression of being disinterested or shy.
Why difference is good. Both personality types have valuable skills and useful insights to offer in the workplace. For a leader, it’s important to recognize the strengths of each employee and learn to make the best use of these assets.
So how do you effectively manage both types of people?
In the workplace, difference is good. It means you have the ability to tackle an idea or problem from multiple angles. Learning to capitalize on this difference, however, takes some practice. Part of the challenge lies in figuring out simple ways to engage every person on your team. How do you facilitate difference in your workplace?
A very good insight into an actual work place, and good tips provided and it looks like am close to the introvert so any suggestions for me please?