I just saw and heard a great TED talk by Susan Cain about introversion and the power of introverts:
Our educational system and even our office organization, favor or ask for extroverts: we learn to work in groups, we have constant brain storming meetings and we even sit on so called desk islands facing one another in the grand world of open offices. Nowadays, in our society we look for social and outgoing people but we do need a balance and we need the introverts as well. In this talk Susan goes over the evolution of America’s society from its early beginning to the 21st century and introduces us to one of the worlds most famous leaders who were introverts.
I found her manifesto on her blog especially interesting:
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.
But see and learn for yourself! On a day to day basis it could mean, creating space for solitary work and not underestimating the more quiet and drawn in people in our team. It is not always he who speaks the loudest who is right.