Here is a short introvert and extrovert test to help you decide, it then makes some recommendations to answer ‘so what’.
There are many introvert extrovert tests and introvert quizzes available to help people understand if they are introverted, extroverted or in between. A very well known (although not accepted by psychologists as being valid) test is the Myers Briggs type indicator (MBTI). Psychology Today have a test on their website that you may also find interesting. Before testing though, let’s think about the purpose of a test.
Why bother testing?
The purpose of an introvert extrovert test (or introvert quiz) is one of the following:
- Improve performance. There’s little point in “just knowing”, far more in deciding what to do as a result.
- Determine the position of the person tested and measure change: A comparison with traits of introversion will help an individual determine if/ how they are introverted or extroverted and their position on a scale. I see no benefit in such measurement as the purpose of coaching is to allow the individual develop themselves in business, not to “become an extrovert”. So measuring “change” or a scale isn’t relevant.
- To help teams: Creating a discussion, and common language, in a team around the subject is a good way of improving team interaction and performance. A test such as MBTI can be a useful part of creating that common language.
- To help leaders: An introvert extrovert test that allows leaders to see “what their team members are” doesn’t help improve performance as much as developing understanding and changing behaviours of the leader (and individual).
Take the introvert extrovert test
If you’re ready for a short (10 question) fun test, click the + below and get started. Are you an introvert or an extrovert and so what?
Are you an introvert or extrovert? Click the + to take the test
Answer the questions quickly, don’t spend long thinking about each one. Your “gut” reaction is probably the right answer. If the question doesn’t make sense, read the red notes at the bottom.
How often have you been told that you should speak up more?
Some people love speaking up, others have been told for many years (e.g. teachers, your boss, your colleagues) that they should speak up more; what about you?
How do you feel with a group of people you don’t know well for a short time?
Some people are energised in a room full of people, for others it's as if their batteries are draining faster than they can drink a glass of water.
How do you normally think things through?
The way we think, and process our thoughts, varies from those who "think to talk" and those who "talk to think". Which are you?
Do you spend time at networking events on your phone to "look busy" and leaving early?
Look around the room; some networkers love being in the room, where others are worried about looking as if they don't have anybody to talk to. Which are you?
How do you feel when asked to talk to a group, with little notice or prep?
Some people love to "wing it", some people want to prepare a lot before responding; how about you?
About your friends...
Some people have many friends others have few, much closer friends; how about you?
How do you feel when networking surrounded by super-friendly people?
Ever noticed how some people look friendly and "glowing", where others don't? How does it make you feel being surrounded by all these confident networkers?
How do you feel about follow up?
We know that following up clients or new prospects is important. Yet many people avoid it in the hope that the prospect will call them, where others relish following up.
Would you rather spend most of your time..
How do you feel about calling, or visiting prospects you don't really know?
Maybe it's not "cold calling", but what about getting in touch with business contacts you don't know very well. You know you ought to do it, but...
Share your Results:
I would really appreciate three minutes of your time to understand your views of extroversion, introversion and how (if?) they affect performance in business.