Encouraging Introverts On Your Team
As a leader, one of your many goals is to make sure that all of your team members are working to the best of their abilities. It’s why understanding how to engage with both extroverts and introverts on your team needs different strategies and approaches. Encouraging others is not a one-size-fits-all model.
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We will discuss three different ways that you can encourage the introverts on your team.
1. Continued Feedback
Sometimes the only feedback an employee or team member receives from their boss is during a performance review. This can leave an entire year’s worth of applause or need for improvement all bundled into one meeting.
For an introvert, this can feel overwhelming and can also leave them wondering how they are doing. As an introvert, they may also feel reluctant to reach out and ask.
As a leader, this means considering having ongoing feedback check-ins with the introverts on your team. By doing this, you will have the opportunity to not only praise them for the work they are currently doing but also help them with any work that they may need guidance on.
By continually giving feedback to the introverts on your team you will build their trust and help them feel valued and heard. Next, we’ll introduce the sandwich method for how to give feedback.
2. Foster A Safe Environment
It is common for introverts to overthink or second guess themselves. They often think that they need to have everything done perfectly before they can let their work be seen.
By fostering a safe environment where members of your team feel like they can share their ideas and their work without the threat of being put down is key to encouraging the introverts on your team to join in.
Not only will you gain the trust of your team, but you will be surprised at how creativity can thrive in a safe environment. You may hear the next big idea!
3. Sandwich Method
Sometimes you have to give feedback that isn’t positive. However, you don’t want to break the trust you’ve built with the introverts on your team.
So what can you do?
You can use the sandwich method. The sandwich method is giving feedback in three different layers. First, you start by saying something positive about the work, project, or task that your team member has done. Then you give the necessary criticism or construction for them to improve upon. Finally, you end with a positive note about the work they’ve done.
It’s human nature to focus and dwell on negative feedback. But by using the sandwich method, you begin and end with positives so that the impact of the constructive feedback isn’t as abrasive.
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The key to encouraging the introverts on your team is to make sure you are communicating with them in a way that they feel seen and heard. You want to make sure you understand how they communicate and tailor your message to them.
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