Are You An Extrovert, Introvert, or Ambivert? Does it pay to be one over the other? The answer may surprise you.
According to Psychology.About.Com “extroverts are often described as talkative, sociable, action-oriented, enthusiastic, friendly, and out-going. On the negative side, they are sometimes described as attention-seeking, easily distracted, and unable to spend time alone.”
Characteristics of Extroverts include:
- Numerous, broad interests
- Likes being the center of attention
- May act before thinking
- Enjoys group work
- Prefers to spend time alone
- Looks to others for ideas and inspiration
- Likes to talk about thoughts and feelings
“People who are introverted tend to be inward turning, or focused more on internal thoughts, feelings and moods rather than seeking out external stimulation. Introverts tend to be more quiet, reserved, and introspective. Unlike extraverts who gain energy from social interaction, introverts have to expend energy in social situations.”*
Characteristics of Introverts include:
- Mostly self-aware
- Enjoys delving into the details
- Interested in self-knowledge and self-understanding
- Keeps emotions to themselves
- Quiet and reserved in large groups
- More sociable around people they know well
- Learns well through observation
Most people demonstrate a mixture of Extroversion or Introversion. Yet, we tend to lean one way or the other. Some actually show up as Ambiverts.
Ambivert: Some who exhibits qualities of both introversion and extroversion.
When thinking about Introversion VS Extroversion it’s best to think of a continuum.
You may tend to lean toward one end of the continuum. You may be able to modulate between both. Studies have revealed that the Ambivert may have the advantage. (See “Are You An Ambivert?“)
Take The Assessment
“The Wall Street Journal reports that experts are finally investigating what it means to be an “ambivert,” a person with a balance of both introverted and extroverted traits. Half of Americans might be ambiverts, but in reality, everyone’s on a spectrum. How do you know if this fits you? Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human, has set up an 18-question quiz on his website that can help you figure it out.” – GoodHouseKeeping.com
Here’s the link to the assessment.
So, what’s the point?
As an Executive Coach I tell my clients that self-awareness is 80% of winning. Knowing your natural personality leanings helps you to adapt to various business or life situations.
Maybe I should rephrase what I say. What I really mean is…
Adaptability is 80% of winning.
This applies to so many situations in business and life. Your ability to know yourself makes you a better leader. Self-awareness makes you a better business professional. Knowing yourself fortifies you to conquer life’s challenges.