Wednesday, 27 February 2013

“Are You an Introvert or an Extrovert Personality?” - Professor M.S.Rao

“The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the man you want to be. Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.” - Wilfred Peterson

Are you worried that you are an introvert or an extrovert personality? Are you concerned that you are not able to communicate with others at ease being an introvert? Are you concerned that you are branded as talkative person being an extrovert? Do you think that you cannot convert from being an introvert to extrovert or vice versa?   In fact, introversion or extroversion is based on the personality types coined by Myers and Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) based on the Carl Jung’s theory of psychology.  It outlines that there are 16 personality types in the world and all are unique with their strengths and weaknesses.

Introverts often communicate less with others in the workplace and do their tasks silently. They are reserved by nature, stay aloof and keep away from publicity. Studies show that about one third to one half of the population consider themselves to be introverts and some of the successful people in the world are introverts by nature.  Introverts prefer to work alone and must choose careers such as research and consultancy to enjoy their work and contribute their best.  In contrast, extroverts communicate more than an average individual. They are expressive by nature and appreciate working in teams. They must choose careers such as marketing and anchoring to enjoy their work and grow rapidly.  There are people who shift from introversion to extroversion and vice versa as per the situation.  They are known as ambiverts. They are flexible and adaptable, and can lead others effectively. Ambiverts are good at emotional intelligence and are tactful in managing and motivating the emotions, egos and feelings of others. Hence, they can prove to be effective leaders.  It is observed that introverts often undersell while the extroverts often oversell. In fact, it is the ambiverts who sell themselves appropriately.

Is the shift from extroversion to introversion and vice versa possible? Yes. By identifying and understanding your personality style you can mould as per the situation. If you are in a leadership position you have to be proactive to shift from one type to another to achieve your organizational goals and objectives.  Hence, discover your personality type; manage your personality; discover the personalities of the people around you; motivate and manage their personalities to achieve leadership success and effectiveness and excel as an effective leader.

To conclude, leaders must identify their employees based on personality types and apply different strokes to different personalities to enhance organizational excellence and effectiveness.

"Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open."   - Elmer G. Letterman

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