So, what makes an effective leader?
First, they listen to everyone, and secondly, they ask a lot of questions.
The first habit is common among introvert people. While the second habit is associated with extrovert, outspoken people.
A good leader is someone who can combine both introvert & extrovert qualities and apply those habits when the situation demands it.
As a leader, you’re bound to have some who’s sociable and expressive and others who just like to keep it to themselves on your team.
Both are under your wings and each possesses unique skills that contribute to the success of your strategy. That’s why it’s extremely important that you bring the best out of them.
But first, you must have insights about each personality type before you can tap into their true potential.
In this blog, we will see how to analyze the type of your employee and suggest ways to manage introverts and extroverts in your organization.
How to know if someone is an extrovert?
- They are very easy going and people feel comfortable around them. Everyone they meet becomes a friend or a client.
- They never miss an opportunity to seek challenging roles and responsibilities. They usually work on more than more projects at a time.
- Extrovert people are hard to ignore. They involve themselves in every conversation. They vitalize conversations and have the power to direct even the most unfavorable of conversations in their way.
- They get emotionally attached to people or clients which can result in overcommitting with a client. This is why it is advisable for a manager to keep a check on the extroverts and inform them when is the right time to say ‘no’ without compromising the relationship.
Let’s now look at some of the traits by Introverts
- The primary trait of an introvert is that they prefer to work in solitude. If they are disturbed they will get furious.
- They might acknowledge others but they rarely take part in any of the social conversations. Introverts avoid gatherings other than work.
- They will prefer to wait till the end before anyone rejects them. They will never step-up by themselves.
- Introverts have an impressive power of concentration & problem-solving When the introverts complete some job, it is actually well-researched.
- Even though introverts might seem like a misfit for business, introverts are actually great for your business. Here are some successful introverts: Bill Gates, Guy Kawasaki, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, and Barak Obama.
Introverts innovate while Extroverts just talk. There is a debate going on for quite some time. Are Introverts really better than Extroverts? Whatever you conclude with the debate, as a project manager and the owner of a company you need to learn how to deal with introverts & how to deal with the extroverts?
These are just some of the surface traits of introverts & extroverts. Both the personality types have all the traits but some of the traits are more which shifts them into another personality type.
An introvert person is charged with being alone while the extroverts are charged by being with people.
Whatever the condition, every employee deserves the respect for who they’re. Appreciate the extroverted & extroverted traits that you’ve observed. At times without even noticing you might have made an error in judging the person. Many introverts pretend to be extroverts in certain situations and vice versa.
Here are some suggestions that can help you to deal with each personality type:
- An introvert person will normally schedule the first few hours of the day to plan and sort out their day. It is best to leave them alone while they’re planning or if they give a ‘do not disturb’ sign.
- An extrovert, on the other hand, prefers to gain energy by talking to people. They feel excited by bouncing off ideas while their mind is fresh. You can schedule brainstorming sessions throughout the day.
- In a meeting or talking one-to-one with an introvert person, the most effective line-of-action is to ask the person directly for ideas. An introvert person will not suggest anything if not asked directly.
- While with an extrovert you can easily make and discuss plans in details. Appreciate and acknowledge his ideas and even if they’re not worth trying, it is good not to reject the idea on the spot.
- It is often difficult to make introverts and extroverts work together. But it is advised to study the strengths of both the personality types and keep in consideration those factors while dealing with the specific type.
“Most inventors and engineers I have met are like me — they’re shy and they live in their heads. They work best when they are alone, and can control an invention’s design. I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take: work alone. You’re going to be able to design revolutionary products and features.” Steve Wozniak
It is not wise to focus on just one personality type. For a business to be successful you need to have every useful resource you can gather and learn how to manage that resource in a way that they manifest their latent talent and skills. Follow the tips mentioned above to get instant results while dealing with introverts and extroverts in your organization.
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How do you manage introverts and extroverts in your office? Share some nuggets from your bag of tricks in the comments section below.