TED Talk speaker: Susan Cain
Co-Founder of the Quiet Revolution, Susan Cain has become an activist of sorts for introverts. In her 2012 TED Talk, “The Power of Introverts,” she explains how in a world where action is favored over contemplation, people look towards leaders who are charismatic and outspoken, and group-think is encouraged in education and the workplace, introverts are often undervalued and not utilized to their full potential.
As much as 1/3-1/2 of the world’s population can be characterized as introverts. That means that almost half of all people, under the right working conditions, could rise as leaders and contribute more effectively on tasks with their peers. Cain explains how unlike extroverts who thrive in group work, introverts work much better in quiet, low-key environments. Under these conditions introverts have actually proven to be more intelligent and yield better, more thorough, results than extroverts. Introverts can also rise to become better leaders, Cain refers to Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Gandhi, because they tend to be more open to others’ ideas.
The take away message from Cain’s talk is not that we need to stop collaborating and all work in solitude, but rather the world needs to be more accommodating towards people who work better alone. She calls for a more balanced society where both types of people have access to an environment that allows them to succeed.
To learn more about this topic, check out Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t stop Talking in the Health Sciences Library today!
Also, click the following link to view the TED Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts?language=en