Are you an introvert in an extroverted world?
Inspired by her book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” Susan Cain teaches leaders 16 things she believes about introverts.
“A Manifesto For Introverts”
- There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.
- Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.
- Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.
- Texting is popular because in an overly extroverted society, everyone craves asynchronous, non-F2F communication.
- We teach kids in group classrooms not because this is the best way to learn but because it’s cost efficient, and what else would we do with children while all grown-ups are at work? If your child prefers work autonomously and socialize one-on-one, there’s nothing wrong with her; she just happens to fit the model.
- The next generation of quiet kids can and should be raised to know their own strength.
- Sometimes it helps to be a pretend-extrovert. There’s always a time to be quiet later.
- But in the long run, staying true to your temperament is the key to finding work you love and work that matters.
- Everyone shines, given the right lighting. For some it’s a Broadway spotlight, for others, a lamplit desk.
- Rule of thumb for networking events: one genuine new relationship is worth a fistful of business cards.
- It’s OK to cross the street to avoid making small talk.
- “Quiet leadership” is not an oxymoron.
- The universal longing for heaven is not about immorality so much as the wish for a world in which everyone is always kind.
- If the task of the first half of life is to put yourself out there, the task of the second half is to make sense of where you’ve been.
- Love is essential, gregariousness is optional.
- “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” -Ghandi
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Susan Cain is a best-selling author and viral TED speakers on The Power of Introverts. Susan will be speaking at The Global Leadership Summit 2014. Learn more about her HERE.