16 Things I Believe from Susan Cain

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”

  1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.
  2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.
  3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.
  4. Texting is popular because in an overly extroverted society, everyone craves asynchronous, non-F2F communication.
  5. 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.
  6. The next generation of quiet kids can and should be raised to know their own strength.
  7. Sometimes it helps to be a pretend-extrovert. There’s always a time to be quiet later.
  8. But in the long run, staying true to your temperament is the key to finding work you love and work that matters.
  9. Everyone shines, given the right lighting. For some it’s a Broadway spotlight, for others, a lamplit desk.
  10. Rule of thumb for networking events: one genuine new relationship is worth a fistful of business cards.
  11.  It’s OK to cross the street to avoid making small talk.
  12.  ”Quiet leadership” is not an oxymoron.
  13. The universal longing for heaven is not about immorality so much as the wish for a world in which everyone is always kind.
  14. 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.
  15. Love is essential, gregariousness is optional.
  16. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” -Ghandi

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2014_Faculty_Susan_CainSusan 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.

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