Everyone has some extrovert and some introvert tendencies—don't box yourself or others in.
- Throughout the course, we encourage you to reflect deeply about yourself, to discover insights about your work style and communication preferences. We initially asked you to identify your shoes off self. In other words, when you're alone and no one is judging you, which of these styles, introverted or extroverted, is a better fit? - Self-awareness is always a good thing, but we also want to challenge you to try on some new behaviors. Take some actions that make you stretch or flex beyond your core temperament.
After watching this course, open the action plan and make the most of your unique personality. The most effective professionals know their innate strengths, but can also pull from the other side of the spectrum as necessary. We call this the ambivert. Ambiverts are people who function right in the middle of the introvert/extrovert spectrum and they outperform people who are on extreme ends of the spectrum. As we push outside of our comfort zones, we have access to a fuller range of behaviors.
- Think of it this way. I'm right handed. This is and has always been my dominant hand. If you ask me to write my name, I'm going to instinctively pick up the pen in my right hand and write without even thinking about it and my writing is mostly legible. Now, if you were to ask me to write with my left hand, well I can do it, but it's going to take me longer, feel awkward, and the results aren't so great.
With practice I'll get better, but it will always take a little more effort on my part. Likewise, I'm an introvert. Activities associated with my personality will always come easier for me, but that doesn't mean I can't choose some of the more extroverted behaviors when life calls for them. - When you need the attributes on the other end of the introvert/extrovert spectrum, you can tap into them. It's just going to take more attention and effort. But by doing so, you will gain advantages from a fuller range of options.
- Now, you're hearing us use a lot of terms, introvert, extrovert, ambivert. An important note here. Our purpose is to help you understand yourself and others better, not to label or stereotype people. A generalization is useful as a starting place, but don't allow yourself to be boxed in by any aspect of this class and don't make assumptions about how others feel and prefer to interact.
- So, let's explore how we create a work environment that allows us to leverage the unique and valuable skills we offer to the world and how we sometimes need to flex our introverted and extroverted behaviors.
- Knowing yourself
- Inward vs. outward
- Being vs. doing
- Stretching the introvert
- Making decisions
- Influencing and leading others
- Stretching the extrovert
- Multitasking mindfully
- Networking strategically