Broadly speaking, there are two types of life science professionals: Introverts and Extroverts. Sure, there’s a spectrum, but most of us are more one than the other There’s no better place to see this in action than in a brainstorming meeting for a product launch. Here, introverts and extroverts complement each other really well, but there are stark differences between these two personality types.
“…someone who prefers calm, minimally stimulating environments. Introverts tend to feel drained after socializing and regain their energy by spending time alone.”
This is just a brief definition — introverts are much more layered than this. In life sciences, you’ll find introverts deep in thought. They think up exciting new product launches and conjure up strategies and tactics for the launch process. They might not be the loudest people in the room, but they are certainly engaged.
Introverts are quiet, not shy. They think before they speak. They sit back and listen.
During a brainstorming meeting, you find an introvert:
• Taking notes.
• Researching facts.
• Creating solutions to problems.
• Deep in thought.
• Listening to podcasts.
• Writing a pitch deck.
• Weighing up the pros and cons of product design.
• Introverts make up 30-50 percent of the population.
• Forty percent of CEOs are introverts.
• Introverts release dopamine differently to extroverts.
• Not being able to hear your own thoughts over everyone else in the conference room.
• Group events.
• Social events.
• Speaking up with confidence.
“…the life of the party. Their outgoing, vibrant nature draws people to them, and they have a hard time turning away the attention. They thrive off the interaction.”
In life sciences, extroverts are quick to share their ideas with the rest of the group — and tell everyone else what they really think. They are passionate, full of energy, and always enthusiastic.
Extroverts aren’t rude, just confident. They are communicators, mediators, and leaders all rolled into one.
During a brainstorming meeting, you’ll find an extrovert:
• Commanding the presence of the room.
• Leading the conversation.
• Giving praise.
• Encouraging enthusiasm.
• Motivating everyone.
• Appearing in webinars.
• Giving a speech.
• Organizing a social event.
• Chasing the product design team.
• Extroverts score higher than introverts on happiness tests.
• Only 18 percent of extroverts experience anxiety compared to 55 percent of introverts.
• Seventy-four percent of extroverts get excited before social events, compared to just 44 percent of introverts.
• Peace and quiet.
• Trello boards.
• Wondering why Bernice from the design team had a great suggestion for replacing those low-carb tortillas in the canteen but drew a blank when asked about package design.
• Delegating tasks to others.
Life science is one of the few work environments where introverts and extroverts can co-habit alongside each other with no problems, especially when it comes to product design. In fact, introverts can’t survive without extroverts, and vice-versa.
Product design in life science requires, at times, persuasion and negotiation, and this is where the extrovert steps up. Extroverts will need to leverage pharma teams, suppliers, and customers for the most successful product launch. This is where the extrovert’s excellent communication skills prove useful.
Introverts, on the other hand, facilitate the above process. They make sure product plans are viable and profitable, whether it’s for a diagnostic device, detection instrument, or something else entirely. Introverts are crucial for progress and innovation. They are the “glue” that holds everything together.
In life sciences, there needs to be the right mix of introversion and extroversion, especially during the brainstorming stage. Each personality type will complement the other. The result? The entire team can pioneer technology for the life science sector. They will develop and design products that provide value and innovation.
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