“Introverts prefer to work independently, and solitude can be a catalyst to innovation”
This is an engaging, informative and insightful book which helps introverts understand themselves, and how to succeed in a predominantly extroverted world.
Cain argues that introverts tend to be highly undervalued, particularly in leadership positions and that introversion is considered a second-class personality trait, whereas extroverts are rated as smarter, better-looking, more interesting.
The premise of the book is to dispel such beliefs, and to show, for instance, the importance of introverts as leaders.
It includes an in-depth review of the science and history behind introversion, and discussions relating to the cultural context of how introversion and extroversion are viewed.
Some key takeaways:
- About one third to one half of people are introverted!
- Open plan offices are not as productive as they’re meant to be, especially for introverts
- Being an introvert doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re shy
- Managers should make the most of the strengths of introverts, including complex problem solving, deep thinking and strategising