5 Tips to Handle Conflict When You’re Working With Your Polar Opposite


How introvert-extrovert pairs can ‘bring on the battles’ to achieve extraordinary results by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, November 5, 2015

Extroverts and introverts are profoundly different. Extroverts get charged by being around other people. Introverts find socialization draining and regain their energy with alone time. Extroverts speak in order to think; introverts think in order to speak. These differences can drive some pairs crazy, but for those that are able to work together, their combined strengths can achieve incredible results, ones they could never get to on their own. Successful opposites acknowledge their differences, using them to challenge each other and blast apart assumptions. They accept that decisions come with conflict and that conflict is normal, natural and necessary—they know that disagreements open up the path to an outcome. Successful opposites get that avoiding conflict, on the other hand, creates tension and prevents them from achieving innovative and creative solutions.

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