Which type are you?

I am Yoshida, president of Yamada Shusei Ltd., a professional apparel garment repair group in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture.


One of the personality diagnoses is introversion and extroversion. Which is yours? In this article, I would like to discuss management styles that match introverted and extroverted personalities.


Introverts and extroverts differ in where their energy comes from.



The difference between introverts, who seek their energy from within themselves, and extroverts, who seek their energy from outside of themselves, will affect their actions and decisions as managers.


Introverted managers tend to value their own thoughts and feelings and think things through carefully.


As a result, they are able to come up with creative ideas and deep insights, and because of their persistence and concentration, they are able to work hard and steadily toward their goals. However, they tend to keep to their own world and may lack the ability to interact with others and gather information, or they may lack self-confidence and be slow to assert themselves or make decisions and take action.


Extroverted managers, on the other hand, tend to actively engage with people and events, and to think as they talk.


As a result, they have good communication and leadership skills, are able to work as a team and motivate others, and are flexible and dynamic, making it easy for them to adapt to change. However, they may waste too much time and energy seeking stimulation, take a shallow and broad view of things, or change their goals out of boredom.


So how can you build a management style that fits your personality?

Here are a few pointers


Introverted managers should try to use their strengths in thinking and creativity.


Be sure to set aside your own time and space to think quietly. Also, be sure to communicate your thoughts and opinions. It is a good idea to prepare them in advance by e-mail or in documents if necessary.


Extroverted managers should make use of their strengths in communication and leadership.


Gain energy from talking and interacting with others. Also, try to gather diverse information and opinions. If necessary, consult with mentors and others for advice and feedback.


In any case, by working with people who have different personalities than you, you can compensate for each other's weaknesses.


Introverts can get communication and behavioral tips from extroverts, and extroverts can get thinking and creative tips from introverts. Also, try to understand the personality of the other person and maintain an appropriate distance and pace.


I myself am an introvert. There is no right or wrong personality, so whatever your personality, I hope you can learn about yourself first, build a management style that fits your personality, and enhance your performance.