As most of us already know, the leader’s personality plays a crucial role in the general well-being of the organization and the happiness of its employees. Not only is there something you can do to change that, but there is also value in having this information, to begin with.
For starters, knowing the leader’s personality will enable you to manage your relationship with them better. And by taking a more proactive approach to this information, you can also affect the company’s wellbeing, as a whole.
There are multiple personality types to be had, both positive and negative, but for the scope of this article, we will focus on the most basic. These are, of course, the introverts and the extroverts. Each of these two personalities has its general way of doing things. You can use this to better manage your professional relationship by adapting your communication style and mode of interaction.
Why Does the Leaders Personality Matter?
Being core personality traits, introversion and extroversion, in this context, have the power to influence the workplace in two significant ways. One the one hand, it impacts to company’s communication style, while on the other, it changes the dynamic and the source of energy within the organization.
Maintain a growing working relationship with any of these two personalities requires effective communication and going with the flow, not against it. In short, these two traits can be characterized by:
Where the Energy Is Coming From
Extroverts recharge from outside stimuli while introverts get their energy from within.
Where is it Going
Inward for introverts and outward for extroverts.
Reaction to External Stimulation
While extroverts welcome and thrive on high external stimulations, introverts prefer less.
Be these as they are, and they are useful guidelines, keep in mind that nobody is wholly one or the other. Like the famous Yin-Yang symbol of the Taoist philosophy, every person is a mixture of both in one degree or another.
By taking a more proactive approach to this information, you can also affect the company’s wellbeing, as a whole.
Extroverted leaders have the knack of making themselves known. They do so by readily sharing information with others – sometimes even overdoing it. They’re also known to hold regular team meetings and talk most of the way through them. Extroverts also have an open-door policy and quite often make the extra effort to get to know you. They feel more warm, open, and friendly, and like to get moving as soon as possible.
Introverted leaders are a bit more recluse. Unlike the extroverts, they share information almost on a need-to-know basis. Their team meetings are far between. But when they do happen, the leader is more inclined tolisten than speak throughout the majority of it. They often go straight to the point but take their time to reflect before taking action. You rarely know what’s on their mind and spend far less time interacting with people around the office.
Treat your boss as they want to be treated
To keep a functioning relationship, you need to treat your boss the way they want to be treated. But keep in mind that nobody is 100% an introvert or an extrovert. These are in various degrees in every one of us. Nevertheless, the general trend is there and with time, you will have even more data to work with.