Book Review: QUIET by Susan Cain

“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

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