The understanding of extraversion and introversion can be an important milestone on your journey to deeper self-awareness and personal growth. I know for me, the discovery that I was an off-the-scale introvert was life-changing. Too often the terms extravert and introvert are used to put people into a sort of virtual box, so that assumptions can then be made about them based on those terms. But these types of assumptions can be incredibly unfair. By having an accurate understanding of the nature of extraversion and introversion, you will gain greater insights into your own personality traits and of those around you.
In this week’s episode, we’ll discuss the qualities associated with extraversion and introversion so that you can determine where you fall on the scale. We’ll also identify a number of typical strengths and weakness associated with each trait and explore how they might impact success in your personal and professional life.
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TAKE ACTION CHALLENGE:
To help you stay nimble, here is this week’s Take Action Challenge. Take these 3 actions steps this week.
1. Review the information provided in this podcast to help you determine whether you have a preference for extraversion, introversion, or if you fall somewhere in the middle. See the list of resources at the end of the show notes for additional sources of information.
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2. Identify any opportunities or blind spots that you might have as a result of your preference for introversion or extraversion. For instance, do you offer your opinion too quickly or not enough? Do you jump in to fill any silence in a conversation or do you hesitate too long before speaking and miss the moment? Does your high need for social interaction prevent you from taking time for quiet reflection? Do you miss opportunities to participate because you are quick to disengage?
3. Reflect on how your preference enhances or possibly detracts from your effectiveness as a leader. Since detractors are often harder to identify, here are some prompts to assist you.
If you are an extravert do you:
Get impatient and stop listening?
Move forward too quickly without hearing everyone’s opinion?
Overshare personal information?
Interrupt others for the sake of casual conversation?
Fail to share the spotlight?
Say things you wish you could take back?
Overextend yourself by agreeing to participate in too many things?
If you are an introvert do you:
Hesitate to voice your opinion?
Let others speak over you?
Withhold sharing personal information resulting in a more surface connection with others?
Avoid sharing successes because it feels like “tooting your own horn?”
Spend most of your day in your office alone?
Have trouble setting boundaries?
Wait to be included?
I hope this podcast has helped you to better understand what energizes you and how you can use your preference to enhance your communication, your relationships and your leadership effectiveness. If you have thoughts or comments, I’d love to hear from you. Send me a message below.
"Type Talk at Work" by Otto Kroeger and Janet M. Thuesen
"Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain
"Please Understand Me II" by David Keirsey
"Gifts Differing" by Isabel Briggs Myers and Peter B. Myers