Updated: May 27
Most people are all too familiar with the terms: “introvert” and “extrovert.” One you may not be as familiar with is “ambivert.” So what is an ambivert? An ambivert is someone who has a more balanced disposition somewhere between an introvert and an extrovert. Some would call ambiverts the ultimate adapters. Ambiverts enjoy time spent alone as well as operating within crowds. In business, and in life, it can be an advantage.
However, those who fall within the fine line between introverts and ambiverts often learn to make the most of each trait. Here are five ways to accomplish that goal.
Don’t box yourself into either label.
The thing about labels is that they tend to be restrictive far more often than liberating. Don’t allow yourself to be boxed into certain behaviors or actions based on a label someone else gives you. As someone in the middle, you may find that both labels are overly restrictive and that neither truly fit your personality or style. Don’t focus upon labels, rather create your own style.
Schedule your “alone” or “recharge” time effectively.
You’ve probably learned along the way that you do need occasional alone time to sort of recharge your batteries and clear out any sensory overload you may experience in crowded situations. Be proactive! When you know you have a busy week that will be filled with sights, sounds, people, and experiences; make sure you schedule an appropriate amount of alone time so that you can be at your best when you need to be.
This is especially important advice for attending conferences and conventions, or even during busy seasons in the workplace.
Use your outstanding listening skills to advocate for others.
Listen to understand. Most people who fall within the introvert/ambivert range of personality traits are excellent listeners. Because people who are a little more ambiverted than introverted are often a little more assertive as well, turn your passion for helping others into opportunities to advocate for those who are either unable to speak up on their own behalf or incapable of doing so. It’s incredibly empowering and rewarding.
Become the peacemaker within your group or organization.
One of the best things about being an ambivert is that you normally have a neutral perspective. You tend to provide thoughtful counsel and do not take action without careful consideration. So, when disagreements arise, your opinion carries weight – as well as your ability to keep the peace and see things from all sides of the argument.
Whether you seek a career in creative pursuits, sales, management, or mediation, the odds are good that you will find both success and fulfillment in the work you pursue, especially if you remember these things that allow you to take advantage of your own best tendencies.
Until next time!