Susan Cain: The power of introverts | Video on TED.com

Susan Cain: The power of introverts | Video on TED.com.

Susan Cain is a woman after my own heart – a lawyer who tried to make a go of it but ended up choosing writing over that life.  Her new book took seven years to write and it sounds like she loved every minute of it.

At the link above is a video summarizing “Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking”

She raises some interesting points on leadership both in passing in the video and in more detail in the book.

As she notes in the book, there is a bias toward extroversion in leadership which, she argues, tends to be based on an overestimation of how much senior leadership roles require skills we’d generally associate with extroverts such as leading large meetings.

She notes the need to have solitude for creativity despite the ever increasing trend toward collaborative spaces (open concept offices, classrooms configured in small groups).

But to be expected, she lands where we would expect her to – the world needs a mix of both types of people – we just shouldn’t privilege the loudest voices – there is absolutely no correction with whether they are correct or not.

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