Last week we talked about the different strengths that introverts bring to the table. To keep things even, this week we will be discussing extroverts.
While introverts generally expend energy in social situations, extroverts thrive in these types of highly stimulating, fast-paced environments. Individuals who are extremely extroverted might come across as really loud, active, – or even obnoxious – however, they have a lot of valuable assets that can strengthen any team or project.
For example, because extroverts feel like they always need to be doing something, they are often looking to experience new things, which can make them incredibly creative or innovative. These individuals are also far more open to new ideas than their introverted counterparts, which means that they are more likely to take risks, which can lead to greater growth and more varied experiences. Another area where extroverts thrive is when it comes to networking; extroverts are generally more socially connected than introverts, which can be helpful when it comes to brainstorming and partnering on projects.
It can sometimes be difficult for introverts and extroverts to work together because their intrapersonal styles are so different. Extroverts like talking through their ideas, and might often talk over someone who is not as forward or vocal. This can be frustrating for introverts, who can see their extroverted peers as being somewhat aggressive or egotistical. For this reason, it is important that – in addition to larger group meetings – that they also have one-on-one conversations with one another.
Another way to help these two groups of people work better together is to provide an agenda for meetings. This will help introverts feel better prepared and allow them to plan ahead – remember, introverts like time for introspection and to prepare their thoughts.
While many office places might be better set up for extroverts, it is important to facilitate conversation between the two different groups. Both bring something valuable to the table, particularly when shared with one another. For every large group meeting that you have, make sure that you are also making time for one-on-one quiet time. When it comes to meetings and presentations, make sure that you do the leg work upfront so that people feel comfortable and prepared, as well as have to call out groups that allow for more freestyle discussion. This will help each of your employees find and leverage their own personal work genius.