An Introvert and Extroverts Guide to Teamwork
Becoming a strong team requires time as well as the ability to keep an open mind. Everyone has their own personality, which is commonly known but rarely acted upon. When you first meet someone, their personality may be hidden if they are an introvert, contrarily for an extrovert they could be an open-book. Either way, to make the team work you must find a way to make the personality types work together so that you can build the strongest team possible. There are five steps that we have first-hand knowledge of on helping to improve teamwork.
Step 1: Understand Your Teammates
A crucial step in becoming a strong team is realizing that your teammate is different than you and that it is a good thing. Your teammate has opinions and ideas that may have never have crossed your mind. It is important to consider how your teammate has different life experiences than you and has a different personality than you. For instance, our team consists of an introvert and extravert. We learned how to make this work for us through understanding each other; establishing strong communication was key. This consists of finding out who is in charge of what roles and going from there. You may then begin to understand better what your teammate needs and wants from you.
Step 2: Take Time to Get to Know Them
How can you present yourselves as a strong team to clients if you don’t know anything about each other? Going to grab coffee or something to eat is a great way to get to know each other. This will also help you find out each person’s strengths and weaknesses and how to apply them to your teamwork.
Step 3: Be Open to Suggestions
This step is important not only in teamwork, but in life in general. Always be open to people’s suggestions. You have nothing to lose, and it will improve your work. It is very important to make it clear between teammates that suggestions or constructive criticism isn’t a bad thing. In fact it is the complete opposite when it comes to a well-rounded team. You have to be able to build off of each others ideas, and open to consideration.
Step 4: Be Willing to Give Suggestions
While it is important to be open to suggestions, it is a good idea to also give your teammate suggestions. It shows that you are putting effort into the project. Our suggestion is to always add what they are doing well and then give critiques or suggestions. Don’t be afraid or hesitant at that, to let your partner know if something may not be working, or if you notice something about the client that they may have missed.
Step 5: Give Praise When Necessary
Everyone wants to know when they are doing well. Especially while becoming a part of a team, we want to know that people are seeing what we do best. When someone spends hours and hours pouring into a project, it’s nice to hear from someone who understands just how much effort was put into the project, the closest person to understanding is your teammate. Praise/appreciation is vital throughout the entirety of a project, it shows your teammate that you care about the work they are putting in.
So there you have it! Five steps to becoming a stronger team. Go forth and understand, drink coffee, listen to suggestions, make suggestions, and give praise!