This week I was asked a great question for Activate Your Introvert, what’s the difference between an ambivert and an omnivert? Having answered it on the show, I thought I’d do a slightly longer written version too as it’s a great question. Do omniverts and ambiverts...
Extroversion is one of the five personality traits that’s in the “Big Five personality theory” (OCEAN). Extroversion (spelt extraversion by some people) indicates how outgoing and social a person is.
Here are number of relevant articles, which I hope you find interesting.
Presentation skills are essential for everybody, leader, manager or “worker”. Better skills will get your message across better to introvert, or extrovert. This week’s guest is Alastair Greener.
Introversion is a personality factor which is at least partly explained by biochemical make up. Neurotransmitters are chemicals we all have inside us. Two which are highly relevant to introversion and extroversion.
Dopamine helps us prepare for time with people and challenges. Introverts are more sensitive to it than extroverts, so get tired around people more quickly
Acetylcholine increases alertness and blood flow to the prefrontal cortex, where introverts have thicker grey matter. This is where abstract thought and decision-making are seen.
So introversion / extroversion is real. Introverts going to find some things harder than extroverts and be better at others. A good leader will help their whole team work on their joint strengths.
How do you lead people to get the most from all of them?
What is survival psychology and is there an introvert / extrovert angle on it? This episode of Activate Your Introvert features a discussion with Leadership Psychologist Tony Brooks.
Many people struggle to get introverts to communicate with them. This can be especially frustrating in business when a leader wants some of quieter team members to “open up more”. The benefit of doing so is less frustration (both leader and introvert), better team work, better productivity and better staff retention.
Understanding key introvert / extrovert differences (internal processing, people energy and preference for quieter locations) will allow you help others communicate more easily to (plan in advance, allow them more time to reply, and create suitable breaks). The article ends with 10 specific tips to improve a conversation with an introvert.