Workplace Diversity is more than just what we generally think of as diversity – gender, social or cultural diversity. Another form of diversity is Psychological Diversity – the understanding, acceptance and respect for how we are different in psychological terms. Thinking style and Behavioral style are two areas of that directly impact the diversity of your team and their performance.
Diversity in Thought is about how people think, which is a reflection of who they are and the experiences that shaped them. According to a study by Deloitte, diversity in thought can boost innovation and creative problem-solving. People bring different cultures, backgrounds, and personalities to the table — and those differences shape how they think. Some people are analytical thinkers, while others thrive in creative zones. Some are meticulous planners, and others love spontaneity. By mixing up the types of thinkers in the workplace, Deloitte believes companies can stimulate creativity, spur insight, and increase efficiency.
Diversity in Behavioral style comes down to being an introvert, extrovert or ambivert (a balance of the two). By definition, an introvert is shy, while an extrovert is an outgoing, gregarious person. Right away a social bias can crop up. Too many extroverted people on your team and no one gets a word in edgewise. Too many introverted folks and either nothing happens, or the one extroverted person controls the entire process.
Having Workplace Diversity balance is key to having a group that works well together. Finding the right balance takes effort, but in the long run, it is worth it so that your team runs like a well-oiled machine.