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How to Get the Best from Your Introverted Team Members

Introverted team member
“Introverted feeling types have a wealth of warmth and enthusiasm, but they may not show it until they know someone well. They wear their warm side inside, like a fur-lined coat.” 

– Isabel Briggs Myers

In our world the externals including charisma and outgoing personalities get noted and praised starting right from early school.
For example, one teacher’s feedback, “Johnny is a confident, active and outgoing child.” On the other hand  “Anjila is very quiet in class and keeps to herself.”

Okay – so we are who we are and here’s what we need to remember:

Both personality preferences have their strengths

As bosses, parents, teachers and community leaders, we need to be mindful that both the extroverted and introverted personality preferences bring their own strengths as much as they have their challenges.

If we are aware of this, we can optimise performance and exchange with our colleagues, direct reports, students and even the seemingly incalcitrant teenager, on some occasions!

“Well-developed introverts can deal ably with the world around them when necessary, but they do their best work inside their heads, in reflection. 
Similarly well-developed extraverts can deal effectively with ideas, but they do their best work externally, in action.”
― Isabel Briggs MyersGifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type

Team meetings

Let us look at team meetings where we spend a large chunk of our working time. (more…)

Are you dealing with a Narcissist?

looking through an empty picture frame“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Samuel Johnson

Dan presents as an intelligent, charismatic and charming man. He has recently joined the executive team of a multi-national with high hopes on the part of the CEO and Board Chairperson to get his division “firing”.

Dan was noticed for being articulate and “schmoozing the right people”.  “We mean businesss”’ was his favourite mantra.

In the beginning, it all looked good as Dan presented confidently his big ideas for a major turnaround in the business.  He took charge – beginning with restructuring his immediate team – promotion for one, a few unchanged positions and the end of careers for others.

A couple of those made redundant had been loyal, well-liked and long-serving, capable team members leading to questions and “talk” in and outside the organization. (more…)

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