5 Tips to Engage with Introvert Team Members

Who are introverts?

An individual can be an introvert if they exhibit traits like being reserved, quiet, and thoughtful. They don’t go about seeking social engagements or attention as they perceive such encounters exhaustive and draining. To sum up, it is a personality in which an individual is more focused on internal feelings rather than depending or looking for external stimulation.

Introverts at workplace

Now you may be a team leader or manager and will be working with a certain mix of people. By mix, we mean people who have different personas, habits, and styles. And almost every workplace will constitute a healthy mix of introverts, ambiverts, and extroverts. Now, for you as a leader, adapting your management style to get the best out of these personalities is the key to success. But in this blog, we will be guiding you with some tips on identifying your teammates with introvert personality types and how to engage with them.

Flexibility:

The modern-day office is more or less like a carnival. Ringing phones, constant chatter, and pinging devices, etc. may seem like the playground of the extroverts. For an introvert employee(s), this may be a disruptive scenario, leaving them feeling stressed and overwhelmed. In such a case, understand that they need their space to function as solitude can immensely boost their productivity. Provide them with some comfortable corner space in the office and watch them deliver magic with their creativity.

Small-Group Discussion:

Got a brainstorming session lined up? Don’t make the mistake of putting your introvert team members in a bunch of “thinking out loud” employees. With the others more inclined to make their opinions heard, the introverts may not speak up at all, and you may end up only using half of the talents you have around. People with introverted personalities will feel more comfortable and respond better if you give them time and a smaller group to discuss.

Introverts are not shy or timid:

Introverts do not engage in small talk. They seek depth in their relationship and meaningful communication or conversations. The team member you thought was not social or stayed away from all could exude all the qualities that will make him/her a great leader. They are calm, better equipped to engage people with written words, and can exceed well in the leadership role with their habit to think first and speak later.

Listen to your team:

Introverts are great listeners. With their tendency to pay close attention to every word being said, you can engage with them over a one-on-one session rather than a group meets. They may be quiet but they are not disengaged. Give them the agenda before you plan your meeting so that they have enough time to come up with a plan. Since introverts can observe different points of view with their high ability to be focused and analyze a situation, you can get some realistic insights on future work goals.

Be their voice, when necessary:

Introverts are not big on self-promotion. With society more inclined with people who have a charismatic or outgoing personality, make sure you speak for your introvert team member an opportunity to present their thoughts and ideas without anyone interrupting them. Recognize the contributions they make and reward them accordingly.

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