How Do You Get Your Energy?
One of the many ways that we are different is how we get energized. Some people get their energy by being around people and activity. Other people get their energy by having time alone to be introspective. In Myers-Briggs, these are called preferences for extroversion and introversion. Both preferences are wonderful and created by God. In coaching, however, we have found that sometimes leaders get into trouble, not because of their weaknesses, but because they are over-using their strengths.
If you have a preference for extroversion (E), you might tend to think out loud, be first to jump in with an idea, get energized by being in a brainstorming session, etc. If you have a preference for introversion (I), you probably like to think through your ideas before speaking, don’t like to fight for air-time within a group, need time after a brainstorming session to recharge your batteries, etc. So what happens if the “E” over-uses his/her strength? They may be perceived as annoying, grandstanding, or overbearing. They turn their natural strength into an Achilles heel. If the “I” over-uses his/her strength they may be perceived as arrogant, not contributing, and worse yet, their ideas might not get heard.
It’s important as leaders that we manage our own strength and not over-use it, as well as provide open, honest feedback to others who are over-using their strength. In this way we can do as we are taught in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and “encourage one another and build each other up.” How are you honoring this difference?
Written by Pat Pinera
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