Larry Cipolla
July 23, 2013

Orson Welles is quoted as having once said that he had an unfortunate personality. Even with that opinion, the man found great success in Hollywood. 

However, a self-proclaimed "unfortunate personality" is not enough for an individual to find success in the business world. But, just how important is an employee's tendency toward extroversion or introversion bound to have an impact on them? This blog has previously discussed the matter, with some experts saying that it's important to try and find the right balance in a professional setting.

Through 360 degree feedback, employees at all levels—and with numerous types of personalities—can become stronger contributors to their company. There must be a willingness to take in constructive criticism and then work toward a positive behavior change.

John Brandon, a self-proclaimed introvert, wrote a contribution piece for Inc. Magazine. Brandon described his past experience as a manager and was quick to admit that many of his tactics were unsuccessful. For example, Brandon explained that at his first startup company, he dreaded confrontations with employees so much that he would reschedule meetings multiple times.

"While I probably should have won the award for the Worst Boss of the Week many times, I also did plenty of one-on-one mentoring," Brandon wrote. "Often, my style was to lead by example, not commandment – and that actually seems to work in a small company."

The former manager said that his very first experience as a manager was quickly unsuccessful. Brandon was so focused on the numbers—making sure employees were on time and that sales were made—he never checked in with his employees. The word "please" was never used and commands were the norm, he said.

Over time, Brandon learned that this approach had negative results for his team and his own personal growth as an employee. In general, management is not relegated to one specific type of personality, he said. It is important for employees to be aware of those around them and be willing to accommodate a variety of needs—including their own.

Through 360 assessments—those that cater to people who are in a leadership position as well as regular employees—a company can help contributors become stronger and continuously help the business as a whole. Personality is not the only determining factor when it comes to success. It is more important for employees to be aware of how they impact others and make concentrated efforts toward improvement.