Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Quiet or loud? Shy or outspoken?
For many of us, we can be all of the above adjectives, but at different times. We’re all too nuanced to be split up into only two categories. For people who identify as an extrovert, they probably have certain moments when they would like to be alone and have quiet time. And the same idea applies to introverts. Just because their space allows them to recharge doesn’t mean they’re not social or enjoy interacting with others.
Identifying as just one type is not necessary. You can be one or the other, but most people have tendencies of both. What matters most is understanding where you fall on the introvert/extrovert scale, and in what situations do you thrive in group dynamics, and which ones are you better when you have time to your own thoughts.
Understanding yourself and what you need to thrive in workplace settings is key to your success. Here’s a look at the general qualities of each of the personality types.
Personality types are often all about recharging. Humans are like batteries. We need energy, but we don’t come with an unlimited supply. We have to charge up.
For introverts, they recharge by being alone and in quiet spaces. They prefer to have time to think and prepare before speaking or doing. While social interaction isn’t something they necessarily dislike, it can be something that drains their energy. Crowds and noises can easily overwhelm introverts, especially if for long periods of time.
On the other hand, extroverts recharge by being around other people and interacting with others. They like talking with people and will be the one to strike up a conversation with a stranger.
When they’re alone for a while or concentrating on work for an extended period of time, they become drained. Alone time, to them, gets boring and depressing. They crave social interaction to feel more alive.
I bet you haven’t heard about this one before. Surprise! There’s actually a third category here, one that most of us probably fit into. As far as introverts and extroverts go, they fall on opposite ends of a complicated scale. In the middle of the scale is the in-between area known as an ambivert.
Ambiverts have qualities of both introverts and extroverts. They recharge by having a balanced mixture of social interaction and alone time. Too much of one, though, will begin to drain them and they’ll crave the other.
What It All Means
You may identify as an extreme on the scale, or you could fall somewhere in the middle. Understanding your needs as a person is really important in the work world and will also help you to understand other people better. If you’re able to tell coworkers about your personality type, and they can tell you about theirs, you can come up with a solid team plan in which both of you are being productive while also getting to recharge yourself.
This also helps set boundaries. If people know you’re oftentimes introverted, they know not to take it personally when you need some time to yourself. Or if you’re a mostly extroverted person who has been in a quiet space for a while, others will understand why you seem so exhausted.
You don’t need to introduce yourself at work as an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert. And you don’t need to ask this of others, either. Having some information on each type will allow you to pick up on people’s personality traits and you’ll be able to come a conclusion pretty quickly, as they will with you.
Know the tendencies of each type, but don’t hold people accountable for exercising specific traits over others. We’re all very nuanced and just trying to understand each other’s personal needs better so that we can all prosper together.
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