It’s a new fiscal year. Profits are flat and so is morale. The boss has just challenged your team to find ways of improving communication in the workplace. If you’re an introvert, that can send cold shivers down your spine! The thought of communicating more forcefully, effectively, and frequently! Oh, the horror!
Like most introverts, you may be perceived by your colleagues as reserved, non-confrontational, and guarded. Analytical. Concise. Precise. And they’re generally correct, right?
You probably feel safer and more competent honing in on a thousand stats than you do interpreting the briefest body language from one of your coworkers. So how on earth are you supposed to hit the dance floor when you’re happy being a wallflower?
Carl Jung said “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. DiSC personality discovery provides a safe way for you to look into your heart and survive what you see.
DiSC stands for 4 personality styles: Dominant, Influential, Supportive, and Conscientious. Each of us has a mixture of these traits, but a couple is usually dominant. In your case, Conscientious probably describes you to a tee.
Aristotle said “knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Learning about your personality style will help you figure out why you think and behave the way you do, and best of all, it can help you make peace with yourself! DiSC can help you play your part in improving communication in the workplace without being traumatized. Start decoding yourself and you’ll be able to decode your coworkers more easily.
1.How introverts can deal with Dominants
Practically every office has at least one Dominant personality. They’re usually pretty intense and deadline-driven. And at the water-cooler, they may also be described as ego-driven, caustic, and demanding.
As a cautious and Conscientious team member assigned to collaborate with a Dominant colleague, you can hit them where they live: their passion! Their emotional zeal is their fuel. They love the thrill of the chase! Don’t be intimidated or offended if they cross-talk. They probably don’t mean to be rude. They’re just stoked! These guys are true adrenaline junkies!
If you share data and need feedback from them, make sure they know why it matters, and how it’s going to help your team move forward—that’s the only direction a Dominant is interested in. They’ve got one purpose and that’s to win. There’s no doubt about it: they’re competitive, but they’re not necessarily competing against you.
2.How introverts can deal with Influencers
Are you working on deadline with an Influencer? Well, take a deep breath and listen. And listen—because they’ll probably have a lot to say. These guys are persuasive, endearing, and enthusiastic! Make that ENTHUSIASTIC!
And while you’re listening….and listening, you may notice that they seem to talk as they think [as opposed to thinking before they speak, as you do]. This kind of behavior can make them come off as unorganized, hasty, indiscreet, flamboyant, and even a bit unprofessional.
But just like you, they have assets—professional and personal—that you can learn from and the company can benefit from if you know how to recognize and value them.
For example, if you’re low key, have no fear because they’ll bring all the energy to the party that you’ll need. They’ve never met a stranger, and have never received a deadline they’re not geeked about because they want to please everyone! They’ll welcome stats and facts as long as they boost the bottom line and the boss’s praises.
They love being the center of attention, but that’s not necessarily evidence of a super-sized ego. These folks savor camaraderie and thrive on teamwork. So if you’re working together and one of you has to make a presentation to the big-wigs, you’re off the hook. Better yet, your Influential partner will make sure you get heaps of praise, too, because he wants everybody to feel the glow of success! He’s a team bonding fanatic!
3.How introverts can deal with Supportives
In the DiSC universe, S stands for Supportive, steadfast, security. And sometimes the S stands for “super” especially when the corporate ship gets rocky–these team members can often swoop in and stabilize the situation so everybody can get back on course.
To your more gung-ho teammates, this can be interpreted as stubbornness, docility, or blandness. But the truth is that these employees are not pushovers. They’re just not willing to rush ahead in the emotional heat of the moment. They embody the old saying that “Cooler heads prevail.”
And what a blessing this is for someone like you, because you won’t have to talk them off the ledge or beg them not to push you up the hill before you or your project is ready.
4.How introverts can deal with Conscientious coworkers
You might think that 2 introvertive Conscientious coworkers would fit hand-in-glove. Not so! Unless you begin to embrace aspects of your own personality, you may be guilty of perceiving them the way others have perceived you: stuffy, conservative, or overly reserved.
The process of getting to know your own quirks should help you accept those of your Conscientious colleague. In fact, you may be able to provide emotional support to each other as you step out of your “comfort zones” and embrace the challenge of improving communications in the workplace.
Go for it! You can do this!