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In every organization And people are made of personalities. In any organization, there are two types of managers: introverts and extroverts.

Introverts are shy, extroverts are expressive. This is the simplest way to differentiate between the two.
Extroverts have all the qualities of a better manager such as sociable, assertive, expressive, and confident but studies (Forbes and Business Insider) show that introverts can be good managers too.

So who actually makes the best manager?

If you’re an extrovert or an introvert, do you know what you’re capable of doing?

Let’s begin by identifying your personality and then the traits of both types of managers and then we will see how it goes.

 

What’s your personality type?

It isn’t a rocket science to figure out what personality type you actually have. You know it, don’t you?
But if you’re finding it hard to understand, answer the following question:

Do you feel comfortable being with people or it makes you uncomfortable in any why or level?

If you feel comfortable, you’re extrovert.
If you feel uncomfortable, you’re an introvert.

Pretty easy, right?

Let’s move on and see what it actually means to be an extrovert or an introvert.

Extrovert manager traits:

  • They’re friendly and sociable.
  • They never look or act like a stranger.
  • They make decisions quickly.
  • Being confident — an extrovert is often perceived as a great leader and the best manager.
  • Passionate.

Introverts manager traits:

  • Love to work alone.
  • Not as sociable but the ones they choose to socialize with, they trust them forever.
  • Have fewer but strong connections.
  • Love staying quiet and in their own world.
  • Don’t bother doing a lot of work.

 

Who is the best manager?

The simple answer is it depends on what the business is set out to achieve.
More so, it depends on the circumstances and the situation that you face as a manager and how you react to those situations.

Let’s dig a bit deeper.

Introverts don’t always behave like introverts while extroverts don’t always behave like extroverts.
Why? Because it’s not a mathematical formula where the result is always known.

Carl Jung said:

“There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum.”

Introverts and extroverts are the two extremes of the personality continuum scale.

Introvert, Extrovert Manager
Image source: Personality Continuum Scale

 

An introvert can behave like an extrovert depending on the circumstances and vice versa. For instance, being an introvert manager, you can socialize with your peers and subordinates one morning because you had a wonderful night with your family or your energy level is too high due to good news.

Trust me, you might do better than any extrovert on that given day.

Same goes true for the extroverts. If you’re an extrovert, you might have behaved like an introvert. Recall. When was the last time you closed the door and spent the next few hours with your laptop doing nothing but office work?
Extrovert and introvert are fluid traits. They don’t remain fixed.

The best managers are the ones that have this amazing ability to control their personality trait. One day they’re extroverts and the next morning they turn out to be introverts. They move along the continuum.

 

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It’s hard to believe but this is how it is.

Professor Karl Moore research showed that introvert CEOs are best at managing extrovert employees.
The opposite is even truer.

So it doesn’t matter where you stand on the continuum, the only thing that matters is how you deal with the situation at hand and that’s what make you the best manager.

Be the best manager with your personality

According to Psychology Today, you have control over who you’re and how you behave in certain situations. For instance, an introvert advocate socializes, talks too much, and is probably more energetic than most of the extroverts.

Being an introvert or an extrovert doesn’t make you the best manager rather your unique characteristics, strengths, and how you control your weaknesses make you the best manager.

For instance, introverts are supposed to be the best listeners and excellent observers. This is something that extroverts don’t have naturally.

Similarly, the high energy and social skills of extroverts are unique to them.

Learn to master your strengths to be a better manager. You can’t change your personality completely because introverts and extroverts have different brains.

While you can behave like your counterpart for some time, but it can’t be permanent. So the best approach is to master your own strengths and continually work on your weaknesses.

 

You can become the best introvert manager

Here are a few rules for introverts to get better with management as outlined in QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking.

  1. Set rules for communicating with the subordinates and peers. If you don’t like talking to people, why not set a rule to communicate via email? Why not hold more staff meetings? This will help you get better at your biggest challenge.
  2. Take rest. It’s crucial to revive your energy. For instance, after a hectic project, take a break to revive your energy and then get back to work.
  3. Try to work in a place with minimal noise and/or interference. Introverts find it really difficult to work in a noisy environment. They need a separate room and space to be productive.
    Spend time with the peers you’ve strong connections with so that you don’t get bored at the office.

 

Become the best extrovert manager

Now here are a few tips for extroverts to become the best manager:

  1. Focus on introverts in your office. Being an extrovert, you might (naturally) overlook introverts because they don’t have as high energy as you do. Take special care of the introverts at your office.
  2. You’ve to learn to listen. Whether it’s a meeting or a group discussion, listen to your peers and employees. They might have something interesting to say.
  3. Don’t be in a haste. Being an extrovert, you’re great at making quick decisions but not all the decisions are right. Think, evaluate, and analyze the situation before making any decision.

 

Conclusion

The best managers are the ones who know their strengths, weaknesses and know how to respond appropriately in different situations. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, you’re the best manager if you know who you are.

Asher Elran
Co-founder at Ignitur