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How Not to Lose an Extrovert in 10 Days
Raise your hand if you’re an extrovert! ? If this is you, did you know that you make up roughly 75% of the American population?
I personally don’t know how they do it, but extroverted individuals pull their energy from being around others, engaging in conversation, and networking. These social butterflies with the gift of gab undoubtedly are some of the friendliest and charismatic individuals on your team, so it’s no wonder we’re sharing an article on how to best manage and interact with them!
Extroversion, or commonly, extraversion, is a trait of personality characterized by high sociability, energy, and talkativeness. Extroverts prefer to be in social situations, where they can recharge in groups and are able to discuss their ideas with others.
Managing introverts and extroverts calls for very different approaches. While an introvert prefers more structured interactions and preparation time, extroverts tend to be more flexible, highly adaptable and assertive in their interactions with others.
Do’s and Don’ts
Encourage Open Communication
Sometimes it can be pretty easy to identify who’s who in your company. One way to determine the best methods for managing your team is to openly dialogue with them about their preferred learning and communicating styles, both in a group setting and individually.
Extroverts tend to prefer a space where they can share openly about their experiences and knowledge. They prefer to lead and are enthusiastic toward new and challenging situations. Knowing this up front allows you to attend to these specifics in order to best interact with and manage these types of individuals on your team.
Likewise, this also helps you identify how to potentially balance managing both your extroverted and introverted employees who are working together on the same team.
Extroverts sometimes get the bad rap for being all bark and no bite. Not true! Just because an extrovert is more likely to be the center of attention, making jokes and steering the conversation, doesn’t mean they’re not capable of buckling down and getting serious when needed.
A lot of the time, what is seen by others as the compulsive need to talk and communicate is an extrovert’s way of connecting, feeling part of the greater picture, and participating with their team. It’s not wise to assume that an extrovert’s need to talk is misdirected energy that needs to be expelled. It does have a purpose!
Create a Space
Allowing an extrovert to express themselves and share ideas with others is paramount to their success within your organization. Unfortunately for introverts, the energy and excitement that extroverts give off can exhaust and isolate other introverts on the team. Creating a space for your extroverted employees to express themselves and share ideas can function as the sort of “open office” environment without disrupting everyone else on the team.
And by growth, I mean “listening.” Extroverts are wildly passionate, interactive, gregarious individuals who have the capacity and desire to lead and move others. These are fantastic qualities in someone you are looking to develop into a manager or leader. As a manager or leader of an extrovert, you want to make sure to encourage and challenge your extroverts to practice their listening skills.
Like the child in elementary school who wouldn’t sit still because he couldn’t wait to share, you must encourage your extroverts to continue practicing setting clear boundaries, not overstepping or overshadowing their colleague or prospects, and honing their listening skills by thoughtfully engaging others in conversation and actually taking the time to hear what the other person is communicating.
Ultimately, the goal is to effectively learn to manage both the introverts and extroverts on your team so that the introverts will feel productive, comfortable, and like they are valued, and the extroverts will feel like they have the freedom to contribute in their own way and can shine in the eyes of everyone on the team.
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