Managing Introvert and Extrovert Personalities in the Workplace
Employees come from different backgrounds, with different work ethics and their own distinct personalities. Together, they form a cohesive team but ultimately, they are all comprised of their own characteristics that add a different spin to the team dynamic. Managing multiple personalities is no easy feat, as introvert and extrovert personalities have their differences, and it is up to the employer to monitor these differences in the workplace to ultimately bring their team together.
Wondering about the combination of introvert and extrovert personalities in the workplace? Although ambiverts are also prevalent existing as individuals that exhibit a combination of the two types of personalities, they tend to lean more towards one side and so can be addressed depending on if they exhibit more introvert or extrovert characteristics. Since behaviour showcases itself in either more extrovert or introvert mannerisms, employers should learn not only how to spot these differences, but how to also manage their preferences to avoid conflict in the workplace.
Introverts are classified as showing the following traits:
- Need advance notice because do not like being put on spot
- Work better in smaller groups/ one-on-one
- Often have more of a need for privacy
- Do not like to be the centre of attention
- Overwhelmed by extrovert personalities
Extroverts are classified as showing the following traits:
- Like to verbalize things
- Tend to jump into conversations or initiate contact
- Demonstrate more outward emotion towards others
- Lead group conversations or keep putting in suggestions while brainstorming when there are lulls or gaps
As an employer, it is important to note the characteristics of each personality type to then determine the best way to organize team sessions. For example, when having brainstorming sessions together, suggest an agenda of topics so that introverts can prepare so they aren’t overshadowed by the extrovert. Although the extrovert may try to take charge over the conversation, it is important for employers to acknowledge and then source ideas from the rest of the group so that everyone is included, without alienating the extrovert.
At the end of the day, the weaknesses and strengths of each type will balance the others out, contributing more cohesively for the objectives and projects that an employer must manage with their diverse labour force.