5 Extroverted Personality Traits That Help You Succeed at Work

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.

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

extroverts at workFor 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.

If you have any thoughts on extroverts at work —  or introverted personality traits — please comment below…


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10 thoughts on “5 Extroverted Personality Traits That Help You Succeed at Work”

  1. Flower, yes it is possible to be both extroverted and introverted! But I think most of us fall on one or the other side more “heavily.” That is, I am more introverted than extroverted.

    Rolando, thanks for pointing out the typos in my article! I rely on readers like you to keep me honest :-)


  2. You guys have a spelling error.

    Trait number 3. Extroverts love crowds. second sentence. (At work meetings and business fucntions, for instance, they may offer their opinions freely…)

    the sixth word (fucntions)

    it is supposed to be functions not fucntions.

  3. I agree with flower. I am both. If I had to say how much I would say 55/45, 55 being extraverted. I like it and am comfortable with it now as an adult.

  4. Is it possible to be both introverted and extroverted? Its weird for me, sometimes im a social butterfly and wil talk with anyone and enjoy it, but sometimes i feel like i really dont want to be in a group of more than 6 or 7 people… Also, i love reading and writing and being alone and quiet, but when my friends are about im happy and love to talk with them. For me, i feel my personality is a bit of both, is it normal that im a bit of both and not one or the other?

  5. Laurie,

    Do extroverts NEED others to be energized? I’m an extrovert with an office job right now where I spend most of the day alone. I just CAN’T see how any job can fulfill me if I’m not around people MOST of the day.


  6. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi Wale,

    Interesting questions! I think both introverts and extroverts can be capitalists. I’m an introvert with strong capitalist leanings, so I’m living proof :-)

    I think forgiving when being hurt isn’t about being extroverted or introverted…it’s about your specific personality. Not the extroverted personality traits – the type of person you are, your psychology and background.

    I’ll write an article on extroverts in relationships. Is there something more specific you want to know about? For instance, how two extroverts cope in a marriage?


  7. Hi all,
    Should we say extrovert have some strong capitalist trait?,
    Do they forgive when they are hurt?
    In relationship how can two extrovert cope?

  8. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your comment, Vincent! I’ve been meaning to check out your website…must do it today…

    Yes, I agree that North American culture values extroverts — and I think introverts are still seen as oddball. Extroverts may be better at expressing themselves in job interviews — and indeed like being the center of attention during an interview! Introverts may be uncomfortable with all that attention, and thus appear less qualified and responsible.

    Amazing what effect our personality traits have on our worklife…but introverts don’t have to change who they are, they just need to be aware and adaptable!

  9. Vincent Ng- Conversation Arts

    I think is a great article only because I’m an extrovert and I see so much of myself in there. I personally do like variety which is why I get bored of doing the same tasks over and over again, and I like to be the center of attention.

    But unfortunately North American culture does value extroverts and there seems to be a lack of understanding the values that introverts can bring to an organization. Extroverts tend to be much better at their interviews and get jobs that introverts would actually be more qualified to do.