Be an effective leader or follower


Does your personality get in the way of leading, or following your leaders? Whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, a leader or a follower, you can rise above your natural inclination to relate to others more effectively.

Extroverts: Make yourself hold back on occasion and listen to others. Don’t dominate the conversation. Try to build a collaborative effort. Ask others to give their opinions, and try to follow through on their advice – otherwise, they may perceive you’re only giving lip service to collaboration.

Introverts: Get away from your desk and interact with others. Make an effort to talk to people who work outside of your department. Remember to smile and tell people hello when you walk by. Develop talking points for both work-related issues (the effectiveness of new equipment) and personal topics (from the weather to a person’s children). Volunteer to work on special projects.

The key is to recognize your personality style and determine that you will overcome it. Once you do that, you can be a more effective leader or follower.

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