BEST OF: RECOGNIZING YOUR POLAR OPPOSITE COMMUNICATOR
When I first learned about my communication strengths, I was shocked to find “Extrovert” as my dominant trait. I’ve always been a shy, quiet kid which stretched into adulthood. Turns out you can be both an extrovert but still shy in certain situations.
I believed this strange combination gave me an edge to recognizing and supporting introverts. But as an instructor, I was surprised to receive feedback that I didn’t take the time to recognize introverts trying to participate in a certification course. I always responded to the extroverts who spoke up, but respected introverts who may not be comfortable chiming in.
Introverts can be reserved, quiet, selective, guarded and introspective. By learning more about the strengths of these communicators, I am now looking at how best to respectively engage these participants. If I didn’t know the traits of these introverts, would I have simply written them off from participating?
Do you have introverts and extroverts in your team? Are you helping your introverts to shine and contribute all they can? Contact me to learn more about your team’s dynamics and how to get the best from each team member.