Extroverts More at Advantage in Team Based Work    

Extrovert people are more able to develop energizing relationships with their teammates and thus help drive the team to achieve success - Sakshi Post

London: Are you an extrovert? If so, you may be at advantage with your boss. Extroverts are perceived as proactively contributing to teamwork as a result of their ability to propose new ideas or offer suggestions as well as develop energizing relationships with other teammates, a study has found.

In the paper published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, it said that when a team agrees on the goals it needs to reach and the right approach to achieve them, extrovert people are more able to develop energizing relationships with their teammates, and thus help drive the team to achieve success.

"With shifts in organisational structures leading to more collaborative, team-based work, it's often assumed that extrovert have an advantage when it comes to achieving success in the workplace, especially in team-based work," said Alexandra Gerbasi, Professor at University of Surrey in Britain.

Alexandra Gerbasi, Professor at University of Surrey in Britain

The research shows that extroverts’ ability to energize their teammates has a lot to do with how much agreement there is within the team. In situations where there is a high level of conflict, extroverts can be seen as ‘shouting the loudest’, showing a less desirable and productive side of being extroverted

On the other hand, the study showed that the perceived contributions of extroverts are strongly linked to the level of agreement within a team.

They are more likely to energize teammates when conflict levels are low but this advantage vanishes when there are disagreements within the team.

Extrovert then develop energizing relationships with fewer of their teammates and are not viewed as proactively contributing to the team. In these situations they may be perceived as advocating ideas in a dominating, assertive or even aggressive manner, potentially prolonging task conflict within teams, the researchers said.

"The research shows that extroverts' ability to energize their teammates has a lot to do with how much agreement there is within the team. In situations where there is a high level of conflict, extroverts can be seen as 'shouting the loudest', showing a less desirable and productive side of being extroverted," Gerbasi added.

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