Some personality traits of extroverted people help them succeed at work. Here what they are – and the best part is that introverts can adopt these qualities without changing their personalities.
“We all use both our introverted and extroverted skills, but we are hard wired to be more one than the other,” says psychotherapist and author Marti Olsen Laney, author of The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World.
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Though most of us are primarily either extroverts or introverts, we all display both extroverted and introverted personality traits. These personality traits are on a spectrum, and who we reveal depends what the situation calls for. If you’re an introvert in an extroverted job, you may find Best Jobs for Introverts and People Who Like to Be Alone interesting.
5 Extroverted Personality Traits at Work
Carl Jung was the Swiss psychiatrist who coined the terms “extrovert” and “introvert.” He also formulated theories about the collective unconscious, archetypes, and dreams.
If you’re not sure if you’re extroverted or introverted, read What an Introvert Looks Like – A Personality Test.
1. Extroverts are responsive to other people
People with extroverted personality traits are highly receptive and tuned-in with their work environment and coworkers, and are often naturally responsive with people. Extroverts tend to work in jobs that are people-oriented, such as sales or leadership positions. In contrast, introverts find it draining to interact with people all day long. Introverts aren’t necessarily out of tune to other people, but they may not be as likely to jump into a social interaction.
2. Extroverts love variety
The best type of job for someone with mostly extroverted personality traits is something that changes often. Extroverts like a “revolving door” of people, tasks, and work environments. Since people with introverted personality traits are completely different, they may not understand their extroverted coworkers (and vice versa).
3. Extroverts love crowds
People with extroverted personality traits are very comfortable in groups, and are happiest as the center of attention. At work meetings and business functions, for instance, they may offer their opinions freely (sometimes not giving introverts a chance to speak up). Typically, extroverts are self-confident, enthusiastic, gregarious, friendly, and outgoing. The more people around, the better! Extroverts like public demonstrations, community events, and other large social gatherings – which makes them perfect for a job that involves interacting with people.
4. Extroverts get energy in different ways than introverts
For extroverts and introverts to work well together, they need to know the most important difference: their source of energy. Extroverts get their energy from being with people and in the midst of activity. Introverts, on the other hand, get their energy from being alone and quiet (reading, writing, walking, thinking).
5. Extroverts consider their coworkers – and many people – to be friends
The extrovert at work considers everyone to be a friend, and love chit chatting with everyone, from the CEO of the company to the person who cleans the office in the middle of the night. This makes extroverts interesting to work with, because they often have a strong, vast professional network and resources to draw on..
Extroverts may also spend more money because they socialize more – which is why money saving tips for extroverts are important!
North American culture seems to favor extroverts, which can improve their work experience and improve their chances of achieving career goals! One study found a positive correlation between extroverts and happiness (extroverts appear to be happier than introverts), which may affect their job. Extroverts may also have higher self-esteem than introverts, who may struggle with their personality traits (“Am I antisocial? Why aren’t I more like Jim, who everyone loves at work?”).
In 30 Most Famous Introverts and Celebrities Who Are Loners, I share the most famous introverts in the world today.
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