©Arlene R. Taylor PhD
Most people are part of a some type of team during life. You may join a team by choice, because it’s the most efficient option for the task at hand, or because you’ve been assigned to one at home, work, school, church, or through a community organization.
While almost everyone can function in such a situation, individuals whose innate preference falls in the central position of the ambiversion range tend to gravitate toward involvement with a team. Those at the other positions generally do not. Individuals at other positions on the EAI Continuum can make valuable contributions in a team setting but they will likely expend much more energy in the process and may not perceive the experience as rewarding.
Independent workers, star performers, deal makers
Like to be in charge, the boss
Tend to gravitate toward teams
Function best as expert resources
Independent workers, often gravitate toward research
* Eysenck Personality Questionnaire. Extraverts/extroverts, according to Eysenck's theory, are chronically under-aroused and bored and are therefore in need of external stimulation to bring them up to an optimal level of performance. About 16 percent of the population tend to fall in this range. Introverts, on the other hand, (also about 16 percent of the population) are chronically over-aroused and jittery and are therefore in need of peace and quiet to bring them up to an optimal level of performance. Most people (about 68 percent of the population) fall in the midrange of the continuum, an area referred to as ambiversion. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eysenck_Personality_Questionnaire) Accessed 12/13.