Are Team Outings For Extroverts Or Introverts?

01 March  |  Team Building

“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

These words of Albert Einstein are a great philosophy to follow to discover personalities and understand every individual’s best potential.There exists a general belief that extroverts are better performers than introverts.Research suggests that,“although introverts ‘start off with the lowest status’ (i.e., their peers didn’t evaluate them as having much influence), as time progressed their status climbed whereas the extroverts’ status fell”. A lot of times introverts are expected to be more extroverted.

However, team outings have proven this to be a fallacy time and again. If you compare the introverts and extroverts’ performances, you may be surprised to learn that the introverts or the silent ones often are better performers in team activities.Shyness does not translate to being less productive. The less we talk, the more we listen. Listening is learning. Shyness can be found in both introverts and extroverts, but the solitary behaviour in the introverts is often interpreted to be coyness. The quietude of the ‘shy’ or the ‘wallflowers’ acts as their strength. In fact, according to Inc, “Introverts, although representing only about 25% of the population, may represent as much as 70% of CEOs.”

A study from MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory shows that “when it comes to predicting the success of a great team, the most important element is how well the team communicates during informal meetings and activities”.Discovery Village is inclusive in its assortment of activities. What’s common in these activities is how there is not much speech required to carry them out. Be it pottery, block game, raft building, tent pitching, survival camping, yoga, paint ball or stargazing, the common elements are concentration and will power. This helps bring the best out of both the introverts and the extroverts of the group. Here are 3 ways how:

  1. Introverts get a chance to be extroverted through their actions and extroverts get a chance to be introverted in their speech.
  1. For a change, introverts may be energized by the company of others and time spent with other team members. And extroverts may focus more, expanding their ability to reflect. This is a wonderful balance created in teams.
  1. When extroverts see introverts excel, they may understand the ‘untalked’ skills better. They understand personality traits less through words and more through actions.

Also, Discovery Village activities are less competitive and more cooperative. This is excellent to enhance the spirit of the team. The healthy spirit informs compassion and social sensitivity, which is essential to keep the group/s undivided. A similar philosophy is followed by the armed forces to sustain team spirit.

The idea is to achieve success in understanding people’s skills and traits in fun ways. It can be said that team outings at Discovery Village destinations act as psychology experiments to discover hidden talents and skills. Benziger Thinking Styles Assessment (BTSA) determines the dominant areas of the brain and suggests that activities such as team outingsactivate these areas of the brain enhancing creativity, self-motivation, confidence, initiative, empathy, and performance quality while reducing conflict

To conclude, team outings leave the introverts and extroverts a little less differentiated and a little more united.

“One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up, add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say that individuality counts but team work dynamites.”

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