Extroverts are outgoing, socially confident while introverts are totally opposite. We may know people belonging to both the personality types. But have we ever thought what makes an introvert or an extrovert and how these personalities affect their career and social life? Read on to find out:
Introversion is often confused with shyness, but shyness is basically just a fear of social judgment. Introverts are claimed to be shy and unsocial, but it doesn’t mean they necessarily want to be alone. They might simply prefer to be around people with whom they are comfortable. Our personality type doesn’t refer to our friendliness, rather determines and explains how we react to stimuli. Extroverts crave for social instigation whereas the introverts are best at their silent situations.So, how being an introvert or extrovert affects one’s career? It definitely affects someone in many ways. From school to job places, one’s personality type tends to decide whether one can be a good leader or not as well as someone will have a bright future or not. Our society is biased towards extroverts to some extent where qualities like “putting yourself out there” are highly valued. Moreover group work plays a common role in every sector. It is based on the idea that the source of creativity comes from social gathering. It is decided who works better on the basis of who communicates better.
Introverts get their energy from internal sources. Introverts don’t prefer external encouragements. So, while doing group works the introverts tend to feel uncomfortable or shy and so cannot deliver their ideas properly. It is the nature of the introverts that they feel exhausted if they assemble with people for the first time and so they do small talks. As a result they cannot communicate with other members of the group and cannot explore their ideas properly. So, concerned people, in most of the cases, assume that either they don’t have any idea to share with the world or they are devoid of creativity.
On the other hand, extroverts are more likely to gather their energy from the outside world. So, group work is always interesting to them as it energizes them to do their work better. They can communicate well and manipulate others’ decision in their favour. Whenever an extrovert is given any assignment, they complete it swiftly and make speedy decisions. They are also capable of multi-tasking. They are more appreciated in the society because they are able to maintain a good relation with each member of the group. It is thought that people who communicate well in gatherings are more social. But does it mean that the introverts are unsocial and they are not creative?
Not at all – the fact is that introverts communicate through writing. They are more attentive in their works and work unhurriedly as well as purposefully compared to extroverts. So, the possibilities of making mistakes are less on their parts. This is an advantage for them. According to different researches, one of every three people is an introvert. Yet, we fail to understand the power of the introverts. In schools, colleges and universities those students are appreciated who are extroverts and the only reason is that they communicate with everyone. But it doesn’t mean that introverts cannot communicate. They communicate well with their closest ones. Even in the workplaces we tend to idolize people who can speak spontaneously, backslap strangers and visibly demonstrate actions. This really puts the introverts at a disadvantage.
However if you find yourself in an introvert category, you need not to be worried. Introverts have social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings too but they mostly prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues and family. They listen more than they talk and think before they speak. They basically dislike conflict. Many people are there who don’t like idle conversations but enjoy deep discussions. Here, you can count more on the introverts than the extroverts. Because an introvert will listen to you first, then give you a suggestion. So if you want to share your secrets with someone, introverts would be a better option.
In the meantime if you are an extrovert, give other people a chance to speak and if you are an introvert, learn to jump in the conversation. If you wait for your thoughts to be perfect, your moment might pass by, so don’t wait. If you are a leader, it is important for you to understand the personality types of your team. You need to be ambivert and understand both introversion and extroversion. For instance- if you are in a meeting, your job is to ensure that the extroverts don’t take over and the introverts are encouraged to participate in the conversations.
Actually most people are combination of the two. It is important to understand and appreciate people’s personality preferences. In your workplace if your co-worker doesn’t understand your personality preferences or vice versa, your work life may not be as pleasant as it should be. For instance – extroverts love to interact with people around them but an introvert may prefer to keep things to himself. So, don’t take it personally if an introvert co-worker doesn’t pop up to your desk and ask about your day. Furthermore, if your extrovert co-worker tries to interact with you more, that doesn’t necessarily mean he/she wants your attention. We should not judge any personality type rather we should try to respect the differences.
To conclude, your personality is like your operating system. You have to understand your preferences so that you can know if it’s working against you or in favour of you. Remember that your personality is not a software that you cannot change. You can change it anytime to speed up your career!