Being an extrovert is only beneficial when times are good

Grace Rahman
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Office extraverts may not be useful as we thought. (Source: Getty)
xtroverts bring the fun and may even earn more, but they could stop your group project from achieving its goals.

New research has found that, despite their reputation for making a positive contribution to teams, extroverts may actually be hindering things when the going gets tough.

When members of a group project are working well together, being an extrovert is beneficial.

They’re able to quickly build relationships and are perceived as making a positive impact on the group’s progress.

If there are disagreements within the team, extroverts stop being beneficial to a group, and could prolong conflict. They build fewer relationships and their perception is reversed - they’re now seen as dominating and their suggestions aggressive.

So being a workplace introvert might not be such a bad thing after all.

The position of extroverts seems to depend on whether a group agrees on both its targets, and how it intends on achieving them.

“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,” said the researcher, Professor Alexandra Gerbasi of Surrey Business School.

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