In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so.
“Research by Adam Grant at the Wharton School has found that introverted leaders often deliver better outcomes than extroverts do, because when they are managing proactive employees, they are much more likely to let those employees run with their ideas, whereas an extrovert can, quite unwittingly, get so excited about things that they put their own stamp on things and other people’s ideas might not as easily bubble up to the surface, ” says Susan.
I highly recommend this book. It should be a required reading for anyone who manages or interacts with introverts in any capacity.
Some transformative leaders in history have been introverts, such as Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks. Not only do I share in introversion with these great leaders, but I also share in being called a member of the illustrious Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated with honorary Sorors Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks.
You can watch Susan Cain speak on Introverts of the World in This Ted Talks video, posted here.