Unleashing the Power of Extroverts: How to Lead a Team that Thrives on Social Interaction and Recognition

When you’re in HR you get to interact with ALL kinds of personalities, and I’ve worked with some real characters over the years (the stories I could tell!) I absolutely love the psychology side of working with people and if I had my time again I’d have explored this much more, let me tell you! 

Exploring the personality types of your teams can be a real game changer when it comes to performance and relationships, it’s one of the most fun parts of the HR role for me, seeing managers have those lightbulb moments! 

Today I want to touch on the extrovert personality, if you’re leading a team that includes extroverted employees, you may have noticed that they tend to thrive on social interaction and enjoy being recognised for their work. As a leader, it’s important to understand the unique needs and strengths of extroverted team members, and to create an environment that allows them to succeed.

One key to managing extroverted employees is to provide ample opportunities for social interaction. I’m talking about including things like; team-building activities, brainstorming sessions, or just casual conversations around the office, they love to feel involved! By creating a work environment that allows for social interaction, you can help your extroverted employees feel more engaged and energised.

Another important aspect is to give frequent feedback and recognition. Extroverted team members tend to thrive on positive feedback so, if you’ve noticed your team members becoming demotivated this could be why.  You see, by recognising their contributions and providing constructive criticism, when necessary, you can help keep your extroverted employees focused, motivated and engaged with their work.

Collaboration is another important factor for leading extroverts. Extroverted team members often enjoy working in a team environment and bouncing ideas off others. By encouraging collaboration on projects, if you can create an environment that allows this, watch your extroverted employees thrive.

Finally, it’s important to embrace the enthusiasm and energy that extroverted team members bring to the table. Their excitement can be contagious and can help motivate the rest of the team.

Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to leadership. By taking the time to understand the unique strengths and needs of your extroverted employees, you can create a work environment that fosters a positive culture and helps them thrive.

TOP TIP: If you haven’t already, or it’s been a while since you’ve invested in any personality profiling exercises its one of the greatest investments you can do for leadership and team development. There are some overviews on our platform on some of the different types of tools available. For those who are stuck on budgets right now, we also have a couple of Masterclasses on this subject which you can watch as part of our membership. Click HERE to find out more.


Unleashing the Power of Extroverts: How to Lead a Team that Thrives on Social Interaction and Recognition