This tip is part of a two part series on introverts and extroverts in the workplace – we'll start with extroverts. Extroverted people are easily recognizable because they tend to gravitate to the center of a crow and love to be right in the thick of the action. They tend to seek the spotlight. When it comes to jobs in organizations extroverts are usually found in bars such as sales people or other roles that have high people interaction responsibilities. But what happens when a group of employees are heavily weighed against extroversion? Well, they lack some of the gifts that introverts bring to the party, for example thoughtful reflection on issues!
So if you think you may be an extrovert (ie outgoing, love interacting with others, and need constant contact with your buddies – live or by phone or texting) here are some tips for self reflection:
- Make sure you are listening – extroverts are rather to carrying the conversation without giving others space to provide their input. Well, they would not have considered extroverts if they did not. As a member of a team and it is important to collaborate and make sure you are listening and hearing opinions from others in the group.
- Focus on the problems at hand – although it may be hard not to jump from one topic to the next, remember, some of your more introverted co-workers may find it easier to focus on one thing at a time.
- Recognize that not everyone is as out going as you – other people may be more reserved than you! Introverted people will be less likely to talk as much about their ideas; but do not assume that their quiet demeanor is tacit consent for your ideas!
- Think ideas through and be sure to explain them thoroughly – ideas probably come to you a mile a minute, but do not expect everyone else to bound to each with your energy; they're probably playing catch up. Slow down and think through any ideas you throw out to the group and help them to see the value they will bring.